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The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act sets high standards but without the adequate funding, leaves communities without the necessary tools to meet those standards. Despite repeated pledges from the federal government to ensure clean drinking water, there are routinely more than 100 water advisories in effect in First Nation communities, with some living under advisories for up to 20 years.
And it might just save millions of lives.
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.