March 22 is World Water Day.
At any given moment, there are more than 100 drinking water advisories in place for First Nations communities across Canada, with the vast majority of advisories occurring in Indigenous communities. There are currently seven boil water advisories in Indigenous communities in Saskatchewan, many of which have been in place for years with no end in sight.
A single drinking water advisory can mean as many as 5,000 people lack access to safe, clean drinking water. Seventy-three percent of First Nations' water systems are at high or medium risk of contamination.
While governments at every level, municipal, provincial, and federal, have pledged, promised, and campaigned on clean water for all, there has been only slight improvement since the first World Water Day in 1993.
Today is the day we recognize the significance of water as a resource while working to facilitate access to clean water for all – What could you do to support our friends and neighbours in Saskatchewan?