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INDEPTH: ABORIGINAL WATERS: A SLOW BOIL
Drinking and waste water on Canada's reserves: Alberta
CBC News Online | February 20, 2006

In Alberta, 59 per cent of reserve drinking water systems remain "at risk." Of the province's 78 First Nations water operators - only 14 are fully certified.

Scott Dippell visited the Tsuu T'ina reserve in Southern Alberta.
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2004-05 FINAL results for Water Systems at Risk
REGION
total # of water systems
# of
high-risk
% of
high risk
# med-risk
%
med-risk
Alberta
78
14
18%
32
41%
Atlantic
18
14
78%
4
22%
BC
285
89
31%
150
53%
Manitoba
67
0
0%
31
46%
Ontario
135
63
47%
32
24%
Quebec
38
9
24%
13
34%
Sask.
99
6
6%
12
12%
Yukon
18
8
44%
9
50%
National
738
203
28%
283
38%
* Source: Indian and Northern Affairs Canada


The following files are of data from 2001 and 2002. There have been significant upgrades to many water treatment facilities since then. They will pop up in another window in Adobe PDF form
ALBERTA Reserves
Alexander
Alexis
Beaver Lake
Beaver
Blood Tribe
Cold Lake
Dene Tha'
Dene Tha' 2
Enoch Cree
Ermineskin
Frog Lake
Heart Lake
Kehewin
Louis Bull
Montana
O'Chiese
Paul
Peigan
Pigeon Lake
Saddle Lake
Samson Cree
Siksika
Stoney (Big Horn)
Stoney (Eden Valley)
Stoney (East Morley)
Stoney (Morley Townsite)
Stony Tribe
Sunchild
Tsuu-T'ina
Whitefish

 

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QUICK FACTS:

Total population of Canada: 31,414,000

Total people of aboriginal origin: 1,319,890

Origin

North American Indian:
957,650*
Métis: 266,020*
Inuit: 51,390*
More than one aboriginal origin: 44,835

Reserves

People of aboriginal origin living on reserve: 285,625

People of aboriginal origin living off reserve: 1,034,260

People of non-aboriginal origin living on reserve: 36,230

(Source: 2001 Census, Statistics Canada)
*includes people of a single aboriginal origin and those of a mix of one aboriginal origin with non-aboriginal origins

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