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2018/11/15


SIXTEEN YEARS LATER, SAFE DRINKING WATER IS ON THE HORIZON FOR SANDY LAKE FIRST NATION


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WaterToday Staff

Sandy Lake First Nation has been under a drinking water advisory since 2002. More than likely longer than that, in those years, reporting was at best disorganised. Sandy Lake is a Treaty 5 band.

The native language spoken is Oji-Cree which as the name suggests is a hydbrid language of the Cree to the north and Ojibiway to the south. The band has close family and cultural ties to at least six other bands in the area. The community is approximately 225 klicks north of Red Lake.

The first all native language broadcast was recorded in Sandy Lake on casette tape(what is that?) starting in 1977 and broadcast from CBC Thunder Bay. Imagine hearing your own language coming out of a radio for the first time. This broadcast was very popular across the entire North. It's now broadcast from their own station on 93.5 FM.

On to the water issue, Julian Morelli, spokesperson for MP Bob Nault told WaterToday, "right now the water plant is being repaired for an interim solution, and the system itself should bring clear water to residents by December 2018". This is being done while the design and tendering process for a brand new system started in October of this year, with the expectation that it will be installed and running by December 2019.

Given that this community has not had any potable, safe water to date, one could suppose that at least it's finally underway. 2002 to 2018 is a bizarre length of time to have no permamnent water system set up. This is something a community in the South would not put up with. Everyone in Canada should have clean, healthy water. This community has 2600 members, think about that. staff watertoday







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