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‘Not an honest effort’: First Nations leaders say water infrastructure must account for climate change – National Observer

February 25th 2021

“Clean water, broken promises” is a collaborative investigation into obstacles First Nations are facing during the Trudeau government’s push to ensure communities can deliver clean drinking water to residents. This is the second of two stories about why climate change is making the clean-water promise even harder to keep. You can read yesterday’s instalment here. To read the full series, click here.

In 2014, Mitaanjigamiing First Nation, on the edge of Rainy Lake in northwestern Ontario, declared a state of emergency when high water levels led to flooding that threatened some of its infrastructure, including the only access road in and out of the community. Sandbagging helped to limit the damage.

“(The water treatment plant) was pretty close to being inundated, but they were able to stop that from happening. Some water did get in there, but it didn’t have a negative impact,” said Ed Morrison, Mitaanjigamiing’s band manager.

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