Water in Canadian First Nations: A Symposium in The Pas, Manitoba
Thousands of Canadian First Nation homes have no running water and about one in seven First Nation communities has tap water that is unfit to drink. Professors, university students, and members of 10 Manitoba First Nations gathered in The Pas, Manitoba May 9 - 10, 2012, for a research planning symposium on the health impacts of inadequate drinking water and sanitation. Participants concluded that overcoming barriers to accessible water in First Nation communities will require effective social action, water and sanitation treatment plants designed for community growth, improved training programs for water testing and improved community planning for piping water to homes and retrofitting homes. This symposium was coordinated by CCWOC in partnership with the University of Manitoba's Centre for Human Rights Research.