This is a “must watch” series by Vice News, a current affairs media company that produces news documentaries that are not thoroughly covered by mainstream global news gathering organizations. The issue of non-potable drinking water in many of Canada’s First Nations communities is a national scandal that continues to be largely ignored by the very influential Toronto media. – Stan Sudol (RepublicOfMining.com)
CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES, PART 2 (Vice.com – September 15, 2015)
Shoal Lake 40 has been cut off from the mainland for over 100 years. The First Nation community is fighting for an access road to the west so that it can build a water treatment plant. The community has been on a boil water advisory for 17 years. But so far, the federal government has failed to commit its portion of the funding. In Part 2 of this feature, Hilary Beaumont sees the community’s reaction to the latest government announcement.
CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES, PART 3 (Vice.com – September 16, 2015)
The residents of Shoal Lake 40 rely on an aging barge to get food and water from the mainland. In the winter, they drive across the ice. But in the spring and fall, the crossing becomes treacherous. In today’s feature, Hilary Beaumont talks to a resident whose mother died while trying to cross the lake.
CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES, NESKANTAGA Part 4 (Vice.com – September 17, 2015)
Neskantaga is one of over 160 First Nations across Canada that don’t have access to clean water. But they might be in a position to change that. They’re sitting on North America’s largest chromite deposit, which is used to make stainless steel. Hilary Beaumont flew in on a delivery plane to talk about the community’s water struggle and their hopes for the future.
CANADA’S WATERLESS COMMUNITIES, NESKANTAGA Part 5 (Vice.com – September 18, 2015)
Neskantaga First Nation hasn’t had clean water for two decades. At a meeting this summer, they told the government they need better conditions in their community. Former Liberal leader Bob Rae was there for the meeting. In today’s feature, Hilary Beaumont asks Rae if the government will take their concerns seriously.