Drinking water advisories are one of many environmental health inequities with which BC First Nations must contend on a daily basis. Although drinking water advisories are a useful short-term public safety tool, they create undue burden on communities when imposed over the long term and do nothing to address the root causes of unsafe drinking water. Lack of access to safe drinking water stems from a number of root causes included remoteness, internal capacity, access to external trades and expertise, federal and provincial policies and regulations. Much of the issue is failure to take local context into account. Because of the complexity of this issue, inter-disciplinarity and participatory processes are required to determine how to provide safe drinking water in a manner that is feasible and sustainable for each community.
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Open: November 6, 2017