Despite federal promises, First Nations' water problems persist

Eggertson, Laura
April 2008
CMAJ: Canadian Medical Association Journal;4/8/2008, Vol. 178 Issue 8, p985
Academic Journal
The article reports on the water problem in First Nations communities particularly in Northern Canada. First Nations communities' water problem is evident in their boil-water advisories and "Do Not Consume" orders from the federal government. They are identified for their high-risk drinking water systems. However, their water problem is addressed by the federal government and by the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada through drafting drinking water standards, improving treatment systems and water quality and upgrading water infrastructure.


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