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

In Quebec, 58 per cent of reserve drinking water systems remain "at risk." Forty nine per cent of the 87 First Nations water operators in Quebec are fully certified.

People at the Kitigan Zibi First Nation in the Maniwaki area are still drinking bottled water. That's despite several recommendations that were made five years ago.

In 2001, Indian and Northern Affairs commissioned a study to examine drinking water in reserves across the country.

In this region, the Kitigan Zibi reserve was flagged as a problem.

The tap water was given an eight on a scale of 10. Ten is the highest safety risk.

Josee Bellemare traveled out to the reserve to find out what's been done since the audit. < runs 5:08>


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

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QUEBEC
Abenakis de Odanak
Abenakis de Wolinak
Algonquins de Kipawa (Eagle Village)
Canadian North Native Communities in Quebec
Conseil des Algonquins de Pikogan
Conseil des Attikameks de Manawan
Conseil des Attikameks de Wemotaci
Conseil des Attikameks d'Opitciwan
Conseil des Montagnais de Betsiamites
Conseil des Montagnais de Ekuanitshit
Conseil des Montagnais de Pakua Shipi
Cree Regional Authority
Hurons de Wendake
Kitigan Zibi (Maniwaki)
Long Point, Algonquins de Winneway
Micmacs de Listuguj
Mohawks de Kahnawake
Montagnais de Lac-John
Montagnais de Mashteuiatsh
Montagnais de Matimekosh
Montagnais de Uashat
Naskapi nation of Kawawachikamach
Nation Algonquine de Rapid Lake
Nation Algonquine de Timiskaming
Premiere Nation Anishnabe de Lac-Simon
Premiere Nation Mohawks de Kanesatake
Premiere Nation Montagnaise de Maliotenam

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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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