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‘Strides made, challenges remain’ to provide drinking water in Manitoba – The Graphic Leader

Apr 24, 2024

This comes more than two years after a court ordered the federal government to put aside billions to bring safe drinking water to First Nations communities.

“I received overwhelming direct testimonies about harsh living conditions in the Reserves where First Nations have historically been forced to live and where, in many cases, not even their right to drinking water is guaranteed,” UN Special Rapporteur on the human rights to water and sanitation Pedro Arrojo Agudo said on Friday in Ottawa.

Last week, a tour of Canada took Arrojo Agudo to stops across the country and included meetings with Indigenous people, government officials, and civil society groups to examine “issues of concern” in Canada related to safe drinking water and sanitation in Indigenous communities.

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