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Canada's Waterless Communities: Shoal Lake 40

Canada has the world's second-largest supply of fresh water, but 169 First Nation communities have limited or no access to it.

by Hilary Beaumont
Oct 5 2015, 2:15pm

Canada has the world's second-largest supply of fresh water, but 169 First Nation communities have limited or no access to it. Nearly a quarter of the First Nations communities administered by Health Canada are currently without clean water. The alerts issued by the federal government range from "boil water advisories" going back more than 20 years to crippling "Do Not Consume" orders.

In the first part of this documentary, VICE Canada went to Shoal Lake 40, a reserve only a few hours from Winnipeg that sits on a manmade island. The lake the reserve sits on supplies Winnipeg's drinking water, but Shoal Lake 40 has been under a boil water advisory for 17 years.