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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 635 communities and Indigenous people make up an estimated 5% of the population. This national crisis should have never happened in the first place.
Founder of Birch Bark Coffee Company
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 in Third World conditions. Our water systems are contaminated, which results in severe health problems. The time for change is now in order to provide a brighter, healthier future for all Indigenous communities across Canada.
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 that this is 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, plans to take immediate action to elevate "All Water Advisories" and not just exclusive to "Boiled Water Advisories" in Ontario and the other provinces across Canada. For every 40 bags of coffee sold, we will be able to equip one home with a certified water purification unit purchased and installed for free.
We have collaborated with Can-Am Wellness to purchase their certified Belkcraft Six-Stage Water Purification Systems, and plan to install them at no cost to Indigenous families and communities suffering from poor water conditions on every reserve in Ontario and in Canada.