This week, Senate held its last days of hearings for Bill S-11, the First Nations Drinking Water Safety Act, which proposes that water quality on reserves be brought to Canadian drinking water standards. It looks great on paper, but many groups are unhappy with the plan. “Three-quarters of First Nations are adamantly opposed to this Bill,” said Merrell-Ann Phare of the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources at the CFCAS Water Security Symposium in Ottawa last May when the Bill was introduced.
Why? In large part, testimonies claimed gaps in funding and skilled labour. What do you think? Don’t forget to add your comments after voting!
Read more about S-11 in this previous post.