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Water pressure: Indigenous leaders from U.S., Canada still demanding pollution probe – The Toronto Star

May 1, 2023

WASHINGTON – Indigenous and tribal leaders from Canada and the U.S. are keeping up the pressure on both countries to investigate toxic mining runoff from British Columbia.

They want Prime Minister Justin Trudeau and B.C. Premier David Eby to agree to a bilateral investigation under a long-standing transborder water treaty.

That’s despite last month’s vow by Trudeau and President Joe Biden to seek a deal they say would “reduce and mitigate” pollution in the Elk-Kootenai watershed.

Indigenous groups from sides of the border were in Washington, D.C., on Friday to press their case to the International Joint Commission, which oversees transborder water issues.

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