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Editorial: Many reserves still lack clean water

Tap water is seen in this photo illustration on Aug. 19, 2019.
Tap water in 2019 This photo illustration on August 19th. Photos byALASTAIR PIKE / AFP / FILES/GettyImages

The Trudeau government came to power in 2015 Since then, spending to improve the lives of indigenous people has increased by 140% over seven years, from $ 11.4 billion annually in 2015 to $ 27.4 billion this year.

Still, the lives of the indigenous people have clearly not improved.

Despite all its spending, to name a few, the Trudeau government has made a 2015 election pledge to end all reserve drinking water recommendations by March 31, 2021. Not yet fulfilled.

More A year later, as of May 28, the government has lifted 132 long-term water recommendations since 2015, stating that the remaining 34 remain.

But that's not the big picture.

As of June 29, two days before Canada Day, there were still 37 short-term recommendations. British Columbia data is not included. If short-term recommendations last for more than a year, they will be long. -Term advisory.

When Auditor Karen Hogan reported on this issue last year, she said Otawa was in charge of 1,050 indigenous water systems across Canada, but three minutes for all spare households. 1 of is not included, said. Run water or get it from a private well or reservoir.

She found that many canceled long-term unsafe drinking water recommendations were achieved by temporary measures.

The federal government is also reporting numbers to better portray things than they really are.

For example, one First Nations community received a recommendation for unsafe water for 363 days, and four months later another for 325 days. In other words, it did not qualify as a long-term water recommendation.

In another protected area, there were 31 short-term water recommendations between 1 November 2015 and 1 November 2020, lasting 2 to 172 days.

Federal government spending on clean water for reserves is only a fraction of the $ 27.4 billion that the Tordo government estimates to spend on indigenous issues this year.

But to fulfill the attention-grabbing election promise that the Tordo government will abolish all drinking water recommendations on reserves seven years after it was created, and more than a year after the deadline. If you can't even achieve it, where will the rest of your money go?

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