First Nations Friday – Protecting our Water

Canada’s St. Lawrence River

The Mohawk WORd for the St. lawrence: Kaniatarowanenneh, meaning “big waterway”

Quebec City had warned its residents to reduce water consumption while the city dumps about 46 million litres of raw sewage into the Saint Lawrence River. (Say what?!) But rest assured… it got dumped EXACTLY as planned!

A spokesperson for the city said everything “went as planned.” (Well, that’s good… you’d hate for S**T to go someplace it’s not welcome… like our Rivers!

In 2015, Montreal’s management was widely criticized for dumping 4.9 billion litres of raw sewage into the river for a similar purpose.. Criticized, sure.. but lessons learned? I guess not.

Scientists with the city of Montreal later found the water quality of the St. Lawrence River returned to normal four to 10 days after the dump ended…. Four to 10 days?!

Why is this not bigger news?!

A Quick History Lesson

On July 21, 2016, a leaking Husky Energy pipeline spilled 225,000 litres of oil into the North Saskatchewan River, prompting a massive cleanup.

This was met with much outrage in Saskatchewan, and nationwide.. and rightfully so.. drinking water for residents on First Nations and around Price Albert were affected for months!

But I’m not going to sit here and say I’m OK with one, and not the other. I think BOTH should be met with outrage… But Husky has committed to fixing the problem, and working on solutions to ensure the risk to the public is minimal!

The administration in Montreal AND Quebec not only didn’t LEARN anything… they also see nothing wrong!! They keep doing it again and again!

Business as usual…

The city said it has advised Quebec’s Environment Ministry, as well as Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada… well that’s good… you’d hate for them to not be aware of the 40 million litres of heck-knows what coming your way to the Atlantic!

For my Western Friends that aren’t that familiar with Central Canada, (or Eastern Canada as we consider it) the St. Lawrence seaway is a HUGE deal for commerce..

Lot’s of tanker traffic, with a lot of risky content on board… but don’t worry, they’ve got it ALL under control….

Unlike Vancouver, that apparently is completely incompetent of having any commercial traffic in their water-ways and is set to have maritime disaster after maritime disaster after maritime disaster! Those poor souls!

Come together

So, Eastern Canada knows exactly what it’s doing with its waterways, and Western Canada is the Wild West of Environmental Disasters… (I’m glad they’ve got it all figured out)

I’m concerned about our drinking water.. I was in Carrot River, Saskatchewan at the time of the summer spill… I understand the fear of disasters…  but I also am glad to work with First Nations neighbors to come up with solutions and ideas.

I hope you will join me.

That’s your First Nations Friday.

I’ve got a re-usable water bottle to fill!

Kelly Hall

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