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They're in their 20s and have never had clean drinking water

It’s been nearly five months since a boil-water advisory was issued for the Oneida Nation of the Thames, but those living there say there's a generation that's never known clean drinking water.

Across the road from Oneida Nation of the Thames, there is clean water. But not on the First Nation

Brandon Doxator and Kathleen Doxtator grew up on the Oneida Nation of the Thames, located on the outskirts of London. (Rebecca Zandbergen/CBC)

It's been nearly five months since a boil-water advisory was issued for the Oneida Nation of the Thames, but those living there say an entire generation has never known clean drinking water. 

The longstanding problems on the First Nation are currently being documented to establish requirements for financial assistance. It's estimated it could cost $23-million to upgrade the water system. 

Brandon Doxtator, an environmental consultant with Oneida, and councillor Kathleen Doxtator have relied on bottled water since they were kids.

Watch a new generation of Indigenous leaders talk about what it's been like:

After almost five months the Oneida community is still under a boil water advisory. Oneida environmental representative Brandon Doxtator and Oneida councillor Kathleen Doxtator tell London Morning what it was like to grow up without clean water. 1:25

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