After 24 years without clean drinking water, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, located on the Ontario-Manitoba border, is celebrating drinking water that meets national standards thanks to a new water treatment center. The new facility went into construction in 2019 costing a total of $33 million.
The chief of the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Vernon Redsky said “It’s unbelievable and it’s also about damn time”. The community of Shoal Lake 40 has 667 registered members, including about 300 who live on the reserve.
Although this is considered a victory, there are many other communities facing a long road to clean water. According to the Indigenous Services of Canada there are 32 First Nations across Canada still facing boil water advisories as of Aug. 28, 2021.
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