WATER LEGISLATION FAILS TO ADDRESS CRITICAL LACK OF INFRASTRUCTURE IN NAN FIRST NATIONS
THUNDER BAY, ON: Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit has denounced the Government of Canada’s introduction of The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act as an attempt by the federal government to unload its responsibility for water quality to First Nations while failing to address the critical lack of infrastructure in NAN communities.
“We are opposed to this legislation because it will impose water quality standards on impoverished communities that do not have the infrastructure and resources to meet them,” said NAN Deputy Grand Chief Les Louttit. “Regulating drinking water does nothing to address the fact that many of our communities do not have access to an adequate supply of safe drinking water in the first place. This is the key issue, and one this legislation completely fails to address.”