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

In B.C., 84 per cent of reserve drinking water systems remain "at risk." There are 363 First Nations water operators - only 30 per cent are fully certified.

Vik Adhopia spoke to the water plant operator of one reserve who says part of the problem is lack of training.
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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


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BC
Adams Lake
Ahousaht (Maaqtusiis)
Aitchelitz
Alexandria
Alexis Creek
Ashcroft
Beecher Bay
Blueberry River
Bonaparte
Boothroyd
Boston Bar
Bridge River
Burns Lake
Burrard
Campbell
Canim Lake
Canoe Creek
Cayoose
Chawathil
Cheam
Chehalis
Chemainus
Coldwater
Columbia Lake
Comox
Cook's Ferry
Cowichan
Ditidaht
Doig River
Douglas
Ehattesaht
Esketeme
Fort Nelson
Fountain
Gitanmaax
Gitanyow
Gitwangak
Glen Vowell
Gwa'-Sala-Nakwaxda 'Xw
Gwa'-Sala-Nakwaxda 'Xw 2
Halalt
Halfway River
Hartley Bay
Heiltsuk (Bella Bella No. 1)
Hesquiaht
Homalco
Hupacasath
Huu-Ay-Aht
Iskut
Kamloops
Katzie
Kispiox Village
Kitamaat
Kitasoo
Kitkatlas
Kitselas
Kitsumkalum
Klahoose
Kluskus
Kwadacha
Kwakiutl
Kwantlen
Kwicksutaineuk
Kw-wa-aineuk
Kyuquot
Lakahahmen
Lake Babine
Lake Cowichan
Lax Kw' Alaams
Lheidli T'enneh
Little Shuswap Lake
Lower Kootenay
Lower Nicola
Lower Similkameen
Malahat
Matsqui
McLeod Lake
Metlakatla
Mount Currie
Mowachat
Musqueam
Nadleh Whut'en
Nak'azdli
Namgis
Nanaimo (Snuneymuxw)
Nanoose
Nazko Health Clinic
Neskonlith
Nicomen
Nisga'a Billage of Gingolx
Nisga'a Village of Gitlakdamix
Nisga'a Village of Gitwinksihlkw
Nisga'a Village of Laxgalts'ap
Nooaitch
North Thompson
N'quatqua
Nuchatlaht
Nuxalk (Bella Coola)
Okanagan
Oregon Jack Creek
Osoyoos
Oweenkeno
Pacheedaht
Pauquachin
Pavilion
Penelakut
Penticton
Peters Band
Prophet River
Qualicum
Quatsino
Red Bluff
Saik'uz
Samahquam
Saulteau
Scowlitz
Seabird
Sechelt
Semiahmoo
Seton Lake
Shackan
Shuswap Band
Shxw'ow'hamel
Siska
Skawahlook
Skeetchestn
Skidegate
Skookumchuck
Skuppah
Skwah
Skway
Sliammon
Soda Creek
Soowahlie
Spallumcheen
Spuzzum
Squamish
Squiala
St. Mary's
Stellat'en
Stone River
Sumas
Tahltan
Takla Lake
T'it'q'et
Tla-o-qui-aht
Tla-O-Qui-Aht 2
Tlatlasikwala
Tl'azt'en
Tl'entinqox-t'in
Tobacco Plains
Toosey
Toquaht
T'sartlip
Tsawataineuk
Tsawout
Tsawwassen
Tsay Keh Dene
Tseshaht
Tsinstikeptum
T'sou-ke
Tzeachten
Uchuchlesaht
Ucluelet
Ulkatcho
Upper Nicola
Upper Similkameen
West Moberly
Wet'Su-Wet-En
Whispering Pines-Clinton
Williams Lake
Xeni-Gwent'in
Yakweakwioose
Yakweakwioose 2
Yale, Lukseetsissum
Yekooche

 

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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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