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Canada Canadian Rangers deployed to Neskantaga First Nation during water crisis, Miller says

00:40  01 november  2020
00:40  01 november  2020 Source:   msn.com

Indigenous Services moves to end water crisis in Neskantaga First Nation 'as quickly as possible'

  Indigenous Services moves to end water crisis in Neskantaga First Nation 'as quickly as possible' The federal government is moving to support people displaced by a water crisis in a remote First Nation in northwestern Ontario and is working to end the 25-year boil water advisory "as quickly as possible," says Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller. About 200 people were evacuated from Neskantaga earlier this week after the water plant was shut down after an unknown substance was found in the reservoir. That left the community of 300 people without any running water at all. It has been more than 25 years since the First Nation had tap water that is safe to drink. "No water to bathe. No water to flush toilets.

Miller says the Rangers , a sub-component of the Canadian Army Reserve, were deployed to "help support the community." He says his department is also working to restore clean drinking water to the First Nation , which has been under a boil water advisory for 25 years. Miller says the government is

OTTAWA — Canadian Rangers were expected to arrive in Neskantaga First Nation on Friday to help the remote community in northern Ontario as it grapples with a water crisis . Much of the First Nation was evacuated earlier in the month after high levels of hydrocarbons -- chemical compounds found in

OTTAWA — Canadian Rangers were expected to arrive in Neskantaga First Nation on Friday to help the remote community in northern Ontario as it grapples with a water crisis.

Marc Miller looking at the camera © Provided by The Canadian Press

Much of the First Nation was evacuated earlier in the month after high levels of hydrocarbons -- chemical compounds found in crude oil and coal -- were discovered in the water supply, forcing officials to turn off the pipes.

"The Canadian Rangers have also been deployed to support the community and should be on the ground as of today," Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller told reporters on Friday.

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OTTAWA — Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller says Canadian Rangers should be on the ground in Neskantaga First Nation today. The remote community in northern Ontario has mostly been evacuated after high levels of hydrocarbons in the water reservoir forced officials to turn off the pipes

OTTAWA — Canadian Rangers were expected to arrive in Neskantaga First Nation on Friday to help the remote Neskantaga has Canada 's longest-standing on-reserve boil- water advisory, in place for 25 years. Miller said the government continues to "work aggressively" to end boil- water advisories

"We're diligently working towards finding immediate and long-term solutions to this health emergency, and we will not stop until Neskantaga has access to clean, safe and reliable drinking water."

The Rangers are a sub-component of the Canadian Army Reserve.

Neskantaga has Canada's longest-standing on-reserve boil-water advisory, in place for 25 years.

Earlier this month, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau backtracked on a longstanding promise to end all on-reserve boil-water advisories by March 2021, citing travel restrictions implemented because of the pandemic.

Miller said the government continues to "work aggressively" to end boil-water advisories by next spring.

"Canada won't stop until all First Nations on-reserve have access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water," he said Friday.

This report by The Canadian Press was first published Oct. 30, 2020.

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