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The Shoal Lake 40 First Nation has been on a boil advisory for 19 years.
Canada is a country with countless pristine rivers and lakes and an incredible seven per cent of the world's renewable freshwater supply. It might seem odd that any Canadian could be living without clean drinking water, but some are. What is shocking, however, is the wildly disproportionate degree to which water advisories affect Canada's First Nations communities.
Health Canada reports that as of September 30, 2012, there were 116 First Nations communities across Canada under a Drinking Water Advisory. Neskantaga First Nation has been on a boil water advisory since 1995. If you are asking yourself how this is even possible in a country like Canada, the Auditor General highlighted the main problem areas in 2005.