How do we value safe water?
How is water important to your well-being, your home, your family, your livelihood, your community, your cultural practices, to your local environment?
What if you do not have access to safe drinking water?
March 22 is United Nations World Water Day. In Canada there are 57 Indigenous communities in four provinces that still do not have access to safe water.
Auditor General Karen Hogan's February report to Parliament spells out how Indigenous Services Canada is failing to ensure all Indigenous communities have safe drinking water. The findings are stark: out-of-date policies and historic underfunding for the basic operation, maintenance and staffing of water systems are to blame for drinking water advisories that remain a chronic problem in many communities. The report calls for much needed reforms to improve access to safe water.
Indigenous communities should not have to wait any longer—safe water is a basic human right.
Unifor is marking this 2021 World Water Day with a call to action. The federal government must follow through on its promise to work with Indigenous nations to properly fund water infrastructure so that everyone can turn on the tap and enjoy safe water.
Participate in the March 22 Turtle Island Webinar "Valuing Water: UN World Water Day". Indigenous leaders will discuss how Unifor members can take action to ensure that all Indigenous communities in Canada have clean, safe water. Unifor's Indigenous Liaison Gina Smoke will moderate this powerful panel.
Safe Water is a Right! Send a letter to Prime Minister Justin Trudeau: