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

In Saskatchewan, 18 per cent of reserve drinking water systems remain "at risk." Of the province's 148 First Nations water operators, 88 per cent are fully certified.

Rosalie Woloski visited the Gordon First Nation which is struggling with high arsenic levels in its water. < runs 8:03 >

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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SASKATCHEWAN
Cowessess
Selkirk

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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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