90% of Saskatchewan First Nations have faced bad drinking water
Access to safe, running drinking water is something few people in Saskatchewan have to worry about, unless they they live on a First Nation.
A CBC analysis has revealed 65 of the province's 70 First Nations have had at least one drinking water advisory since 2004. At almost 93 per cent, the number is well above the Canadian average of 65 per cent.
"That says to me that the situation is a perennial issue, that not enough attention has been paid to this issue, and there is a lack of communication between the governments that are involved in managing and governing First Nations water supply," said Lalita Bharadwaj, a professor and toxicologist at the University of Saskatchewan's School of Public Health. She co-authored a recent report on the barriers to clean water on First Nations.