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‘An added burden’: First Nations under water advisories speak of greater risks with COVID-19

By Samantha Wright Allen      

Communities halting construction on clean drinking water solutions say they face an unfair choice: ‘protecting yourself from one health risk in order to eliminate another one.’

According to Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller's latest drinking water advisory update, the government has lifted 88 long-term water advisories since November 2016, and 61 remain. The Hill Times photograph by Andrew Meade

First Nations under boil-water advisories face greater challenges following public health guidelines to prevent and contain the spread of COVID-19, which is also causing construction delays in some communities that have been waiting years for clean drinking water.

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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