OTTAWA, April 19 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief
Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today stated his support for the citizens of
Pikangikum First Nation in Ontario who issued a state of emergency last
Friday, April 15, because the community has no clean drinking water.
The state of emergency was declared by Pikangikum First Nation Chief
National Chief Atleo stated: "I fully understand the concern and
frustration of Chief Strang and his community on this matter, which has
been an issue for many years. I have seen these problems first hand in
my travels to First Nation communities. Literally thousands of our
people are in homes that do not have clean drinking water. Our people
are getting sick and at risk of disease. These types of problems should
not be happening in a country like Canada. We need action now."
Pikangikum First Nation has ordered a shipment of more than 21,000
liters of bottled water for the community and this is creating a strain
on the community finances, which are already limited. The situation in
Pikangikum must be addressed and highlights the problem of the lack of
clean drinking water that affects too many First Nation communities.
Currently, more than 116 First Nations are living under "boil water
advisories". The federal government is expected to release in the near
future a national engineering assessment on wastewater and water
systems in First Nation communities that will provide a more detailed
picture of the national scene.
"We want to see action for the people of Pikangikum and all First Nation
communities that are struggling to ensure their citizens have access to
clean drinking water," said National Chief Atleo. "We have made safer
and healthier communities one of our priorities in this federal
election. We need a clear commitment by the federal government to work
with First Nations to deliver on a plan of action for stable and
sustainable infrastructure including First Nations water and waste
water systems. "
You can download the AFN Election Priorities at:
The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.
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