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June 24, 2014

First Nations Launch Drinking Water Lawsuit Against Federal Government

Four Alberta First Nations launched a lawsuit against the federal government on June 16, 2014, alleging that Canada failed to provide resources and investments to ensure safe drinking water on reserves.

The lawsuit, commenced by the Tsuu T’ina Nation, the Sucker Creek First Nation, the Ermineskin Cree Nation, and the Blood Tribe, is significant for First Nations communities across the country dealing with water quality issues.

Water is important for cultural and ceremonial reasons in addition to sustaining life. However, there is a history of delayed action to ensure safe drinking water on reserves across the country. Currently, 58 First Nation water systems across Canada have boil water advisories resulting from unsafe drinking water quality.

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