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Could this proposal finally bring an end to the First Nations drinking water issue? – CBC

Atlantic First Nations Water Authority would allow communities to set long-term plans for water infrastructure

Oct 09, 2019

Two Indigenous groups in the Atlantic region, the Mi’kmaq and Wolastoqiyik, are pitching a First Nations owned water authority to the federal government and First Nations.

“We want to be able, at the end of the day, to turn on the tap and drink a glass of water,” said Pictou Landing First Nation Chief Andrea Paul, one of the three current board members for the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFNWA).

“Some communities can’t do that,” she said.

Paul said the water authority, the only one of its kind in the country, will ensure the same safe and consistent water service for the 15 of 34 communities from the region who have agreed to participate.

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