There are 91 First Nations communities across Ontario that are affected by the unsafe water for consumption. Many have been under a “Boil Water Advisory Notice” for several years and some have even gone as long as 20 years. It remains an ongoing concern and a major problem. Many of the communities have raised concerns to the government and yet still today, in the year 2017, we cannot clean our own backyard.
According to an article in NetNewsLedger, the federal government spent 2.3 million dollars to fly in bottled water for one community in Martin Falls in 2015. The federal government promised to fix the problem many years ago. That promise was made back in 2005.
In communities, such as, Neskantaga their water must be picked up from the water treatment plant and carried in 5 gallon jugs or pails.
According to Minister Bennett on June 9th “ending long term-water advisories on reserves is a key priority for our government. We will get this done in partnership with First Nations. The will is there, the capacity is growing, and the people are truly committed to finding long-term solutions”.
INAC Reports Progress as of January 2017
5 long-term drinking water advisories (DWAs) removed since November 2015 32 projects to prevent and address long-term DWAs and improve capacity and reliability of water and wastewater systems 13 projects aimed at addressing 29 long-term DWAs affecting water systems financially supported by INAC
It is not just about the drinking water it is also bathing, cooking, showering and even swimming in it. Many who shower, take baths or even swim in the toxic water do not realize the water is absorbed through the skin resulting in many sicknesses and/or death.
The Liberals have promised to clean up the water systems in First Nations communities by 2021 according to an article written by Michael Enright from CBC radio.
Think about this we are in a country that has more than 7% of the world’s renewable fresh water supply.
Canada is considered one of the richest countries in the world.
Birch Bark Coffee Company is not waiting till 2021 to see changes. There are immediate solutions, but we need your help.
Set proceeds from every bag of coffee sold at Birch Bark Coffee Company will go towards purchasing certified water purifiers for each and every home on each and every reserve.
It can be done and it is not impossible, but as I mentioned early I need your help.
The satisfaction knowing that every time you purchase a bag of coffee or sit down to have a cup of coffee is a reminder that you are giving back and helping a family or child.
I know this means something to me!
I have done some research and consulted with a company called CAN AM wellness and they are coming on board to help out. They mentioned that while the government spend billions on fixing the larger problem there are immediate steps that they could be taking now to help out now.
Birch Bark Coffee Company continues with its fundraising campaign for clean water, so follow us on our social media sites for updated news.
Set proceeds raised will go towards the purchase of the home-based water purifiers that will Remove all harmful bacteria, parasites and viruses including Giardia lamblia Cysts, Cryptosporidium, E Coli, Fecal Coliforms, Hepatitis B and Salmonella and it will also remove all toxic chemicals including dioxins, arsenic, asbestos, Benzene, nitrates, PCB’s and 100’s more.
In addition to all heavy metals including lead, mercury, aluminum, iron, copper, zinc, silver and carcinogenic chlorination bi-products (Trihalomethanes).
I will be posting more on this and links to CAN AM’s sight for more specific details.
Thank you for your support
Founder of Birch Bark Coffee Company