Water and Indigenous Peoples
Indigenous peoples around the world have struggled with water pollution from large scale industrial projects and the depletion of water sources they depend on to live. While indigenous peoples view water as sacred – a resource to be preserved, protected and respected – their beliefs are contested by those who want to drain water resources for corporate profit.
In Canada, the Blue Planet Project supports the Assembly of First Nations’ call on the Canadian government to ensure the now legally-binding human right to water. Shockingly, there are at least 49 “high risk” aboriginal communities in Canada with little access to clean water, and more than 100 facing “boil water” advisories. First Nations homes are 90 per cent more likely to be without running water than the homes of other Canadians.
The Blue Planet Project stands with indigenous peoples in their struggles for access to clean, safe water.