Advisory of the day
SIXTEEN YEARS LATER, SAFE DRINKING WATER IS ON THE HORIZON FOR SANDY LAKE FIRST NATION
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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.
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