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Yesterday the David Suzuki Foundation released a report on the state of drinking water in Canada’s First Nations. The report argued that a change of approach is needed if the federal government is going to fulfill its promise to lift all boil water advisories in First Nations within five years.

However, the report also singled out the Safe Water Project as one example of an approach that is currently working, calling our program an “incredible success,” and giving the Safe Water Project “extra credit” because of our First Nations-led approach to helping Indigenous communities access safe drinking water.

“The approach taken by the Safe Water Project is unique because it takes into account the context of
each First Nation rather than taking a one-size-fits-all approach,” say the report’s authors.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak wishes to thank the David Suzuki Foundation and the report’s authors for their kind words and encouragement.