work towards bringing clean drinking water to every Indigenous home suffering from ‘All Water Advisories’ by providing and installing, for those who are in need, certified water purification systems in Indigenous home for free in Canada.
Canada is regarded as one of the richest countries in the world and ranked as one of the United Nations’ top places in the world to live, yet Indigenous families continue to live in 'Third World' like conditions.
It is estimated that thousands of people continue to go without clean drinking water and even more frightful is that this has been going on for decades.
In Canada, there are over 634 communities and Indigenous people make up an estimated 5% of the population.
This is a national crisis that should have never happened in the first place!
Our Indigenous communities believe water is one of the most sacred gifts to mother earth, but yet, here in Canada, hundreds of First Nations communities continue to live without this Sacred Medicine. Our lakes, rivers and water systems are contaminated, which has resulted in severe health problems and conditions.
The time for change is now in order to provide a brighter, healthier future for our children and all Indigenous communities across Canada.
According to statistics, there have been more than 153 “Boiled Water Advisories” that have been listed on the federal government’s website and its not getting any better. In Ontario alone, there were roughly 86 First Nations reserves continuing to suffer, to some degree, but the numbers remain unclear because as announcements are made of recently lifted long-term drinking water advisories, more long-term drinking water advisories appear on the Indigenous and Northern Affairs website.
Sadly, for some of these families, their children have never ever seen a glass of clean drinking water, only plastic water bottles.
"Access to clean drinking water is a fundamental human right"
The government has committed to end drinking water advisories that last more than one year by March 2021. There are well over 270,000 thousand Indigenous people suffering from unfit drinking water and the reality is this is down right unacceptable. If change is going to occur, then it needs to happen immediately - not five years from now. Access to clean drinking water for Indigenous communities should be a priority.
Birch Bark Coffee Company, through the sales of its coffee to retail stores and online customers, aims to help those who continue to suffer from "All Water Advisories" and not just "Boiled Water Advisories" in Ontario and eventually the other provinces across Canada.
Every 100 bags of coffee sold in a retail store and every 50 bags sold on the Birch Bark Coffee online store to a customer, we will be able to equip one home with a certified water purification unit purchased and installed for free.