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Temporary fixes, outdated policies leave some First Nations without safe drinking water: AG

This story has been updated to include additional comments from auditor general Karen Hogan and Conservative Indigenous services critic Gary Vidal. Although the federal government is making progress in improving drinking water in some First Nations communities, a number are only getting temporary solutions to their water issues that may leave them with unsafe…

Chief Chris Moonias looks into Neskantaga’s water reservoir on Oct. 26, 2020. A week earlier, an oily sheen had been detected on the water forcing the water to be shut off and the entire community evacuated.

Indigenous services minister ‘alarmed’ by allegations about construction practices on First Nations

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says he was alarmed by revelations of a December investigation into construction practices in on-reserve water projects and said he would like to start collecting information about the performance of contractors working on First Nations infrastructure. “I’m keen to have as much data as possible. And if it’s helpful…