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Canada violates human right to safe water, says Human Rights Watch report


June 9, 2016
By Ground Water Canada

New York – Water supplied to many First Nations communities in Canada is contaminated, hard to access or at risk due to faulty treatment systems, says a new report by Human Rights Watch.

The 92-page report urges action by federal and provincial governments to

The report covers water and sanitation conditions on reserves, the impact of poor water and sanitation conditions, barriers to safe drinking water and sanitation, and international legal obligations.

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Among other points, the report says Ontario has more First Nations water systems that rely on surface water and “groundwater under the direct influence of surface water” (GUDI) than any other province – meaning water quality is directly related to watershed and source water conditions.

Read the full report.