Monday, March 22 is World Water Day. This year we are asking you to hold Prime Minister Trudeau accountable for his 2015 election promise to end all drinking water advisories on First Nations reservations by March 2021.
In 2015, there were drinking water advisories in 126 First Nation communities. There are still advisories in 39 First Nation communities. Some of these communities have not been able to drink safe tap water for decades. Entire generations have grown up without being able to trust that their water will not make them sick – something that most of us have never had to consider in our lives.
I’m asking you to take a moment to tell the Prime Minister that we will not stand for any more excuses. Please send a letter to the Trudeau government calling for water justice in Indigenous communities by ending drinking water advisories once and for all. If you have children in your life, you can help them send a Water Drop to the Prime Minister – click here to download a printable Water Drop.
The Liberal government has blamed the COVID-19 pandemic for breaking their promise but even in 2017, it was clear that federal efforts would fall short. A 2017 Parliamentary Budget Officer report indicated the Liberals would miss their 2021 deadline because the government planned to spend as much as 46 per cent less than what was required.
Please take a moment to tell Prime Minister Trudeau to honour his 2015 commitment and the treaties by putting an end to this shameful chapter in our history.
Then, send a photo or scan of the Water Drop to us and we will deliver them to the Prime Minister in Ottawa. We will also publish the images on our website and social media channels (we will not publish children’s last names).
Thank you for all you do.