Access to clean drinking water is a basic human right. Yet, many First Nations, Métis, and Inuit communities continue to lack safe drinking water, including the Neskantaga First Nation that has been waiting for clean water since 1995.
ONDP MPP, Sol Mamakwa’s, Bill 286 the Inherent Right to Safe Drinking Water Act, demands clean drinking water for all. If passed, the Bill would amend the Safe Drinking Water Act of 2002 to explicitly apply to Ontarians living and working on reserves and ensure that First Nations have access to safe, clean drinking water.
Lack of access to clean and safe drinking water is a harsh expression of systemic environmental racism, and justice delayed is justice denied.
Access to clean and safe drinking water for all can’t wait. Email your MPP to send Bill 286 to committee now.