Access to safe drinkable water and adequate sanitation are basic human rights. No one should be denied these rights.
Urge the Government of Canada to ensure that First Nations have access to safe drinkable water and adequate sanitation as basic human rights.
Dear Prime Minister Trudeau,
I welcome your government’s commitment to eliminate the need for boil water advisories in First Nations.
Unfortunately, federal policies and procedures for funding necessary repairs and equipment replacements remains a barrier to meeting First Nations water needs in a fair and timely way.
An expert advisory panel appointed by the federal government said that in order to ensure water and sanitation in First Nations communities meets the standards enjoyed by other people in Canada, the resource gap in infrastructure and training must be closed.
The advisory panel also called for immediate measures to address the needs of those First Nations communities that have no running water or sewage.
I strongly urge your government to work with First Nations to implement these recommendations.
I also urge the Government of Canada to ensure that any measures related to First Nations water and sanitation are taken in collaboration with the affected peoples and are consistent with Canada's obligations under the Constitution, historic and contemporary Treaties with First Nations, and international human rights standards.
Access to safe drinkable water and adequate sanitation are basic human rights. No one should be denied this right.