Lately, First Nations people in Canada have been faced with many issues surrounding their living conditions, rights, and resources. Specifically, in Attawapiskat, a community located in the western Hudson Bay Lowland, they are facing a housing crisis. The housing conditions aren’t liveable, with one house containing 1 family including, immediate and non-immediate family. Families aren’t just living in houses, they are living in used donated trailers. The houses don’t have access to running clean water, or a significant source of heat. Above all, these houses are in need of desperate repairs as they are falling apart. The communities not only have bad housing but they are need
The Flint water crisis has been a well known life-threatening issue for nearly three years, and yet has still not been solved. The problem began in April, 2014, when the city of Flint, Michigan switched their water supply to the Flint River in order to save money. Almost immediately after the switch of water source, residents complained about the quality of water, while city and state officials denied the possibility of an issue for months. As time went by, the supply pipes had corroded and lead began making its way into the water supply, potentially endangering the Flint population, as high blood lead levels are especially harmful to children and pregnant women, and can cause “learning disabilities, behavioral problems, and mental retardation,”
When people are born there are basic needs that everyone should be accessible to survive. People need to have food, water, clothes and shelter, all these basic needs should be readily available. When it is heard that certain parts of the United States are suffering from basic needs is a huge concern. All people should have access to basic needs such as food and water. But now in the 21st century the United States, is facing problems that are usually seen in third world countries. Flint, Michigan is facing a crisis where their community is unable to access clean drinking water, which people need to survive. This issue is extremely important because everyone needs water to stay alive. But this isn’t the only time when people weren’t able to access basic needs and suffered because of it. In 1904-1908 the Hereo and Nama people had
Flint Water Crisis: I am interested in this topic because it has been in the news a lot in the past few years and I am curious as to why it has taken so long to be fixed because it still is not safe to this day. People have not had access to safe drinking water since 2014, and people should have indefinite access to safe drinking water. I would like learn more about what has been done by the government to help and why it has taken so long. This water crisis mainly violates is Article 25, which gives all people the right to an adequate standard of living, so that they can live a healthy life.
This book review will define the important aspects of continued mistreatment, deaths, and alienation of Canada's First peoples in Seven Fallen Feathers by Tanya Talaga. One of the most compelling aspects of Talaga’s book is defined in an investigation of the deaths of indigenous students in the mid-20th century, and more importantly, the continued lack of government response to the deaths of seven indigenous youths in the 21st century. All of these incidents show a systemic problem with government monitoring and investigating these deaths of native peoples living in the Thunder Bay region. The tragedy of these incidents reveal an ongoing problem with racism and government non-compliance with preventing the deaths of neglected youths, which
Why should people be concerned about the Flint Water Crisis? What makes it different from any other crisis? The citizens of Flint have been poisoned by drinking lead-filled water. This occurred because governor Rick Snyder switched Flint’s main water source from Detroit, to the Flint River in 2014 to save money. Due to this change in the water source, many children may not experience major health defects and have problems in the near future. The water change may have also caused an outbreak of Legionnaires’ disease in the county. Legionnaires’ disease has killed about ten people, and has affected seventy-seven more. Many lawsuits have been filed towards the government officials because of this issue. Jurgis and his family are having a tough
The water emergency that is at present holding inhabitants of Flint, Michigan is a standout amongst the most lamentable difficulties of late circumstances. It is all the more disastrous for being completely preventable. The hot-off-the-squeeze narrative Here's to Flint investigates the occasions which prompt this calamity, and offers a pressing and animating picture of common nationals who are intrepid in facing power.
For hundreds and thousands of years, access to water has been an easy thought. It has become something that we don’t have to think twice about. As many of us know, water is a renewable source because of the water cycle. Canada has an abundant amount of water resources, with almost 20% of the world’s fresh water in our lakes, though approximately 12% is inaccessible. However, not everyone can obtain water that is clean enough for simple day to day activities such as cleaning, bathing, and drinking. Large cities like Toronto and Vancouver have functioning pipes that filter water for residents to use while Indigenous communities often struggle with maintaining water that is safe and clean.
Over the fifty-four years of operation, Giant Mine produced over seven million ounces of gold worth a massive two billion dollars. Located just outside Yellowknife, Northwest Territories, Giant Mine, mined and processed gold, which entailed several processes that leaves behind a very toxic chemical dust called arsenic trioxide (Sandlos, J., & Keeling, 2012). However, with many growing cities, recourse extraction was the most beneficial way to turn what they had into money. Mining can provoke serious change within a community; while this can help fund local infrastructure such as building roads and schools, mining will always leave the land devastated when the resource runs dry. Before Giant Mine was
In the article “What Went Wrong in Flint” by Anna Maria, she talks about a major public health issue, where the tap drinking water was contaminated with high levels of lead all over the city affecting everyone in the area. She tells a story, where families noticed that throughout the months of drinking tap water, they have noticed many negative physical changes to their body. People started to have stomach problems, losing their hair and developing rashes throughout the city. The tap water started smelling like sulfur and chlorine, and came in different color like urine and rust. This created many health concerns within the community, where
Aboriginal issues are a long standing problem in Canada because Aboriginals live in third world conditions in a first world country. They struggle to obtain basic human needs such as clean drinking water, proper education, employment, and appropriate living conditions. Both Aboriginals and the Canadian government are debating over the pros and cons of awarding sovereignty to the Aboriginal people. Whether this will actually be proven to help, has created a large controversy. Aboriginals are one piece of culture that makes up Canada's cultural mosaic. With changes to the band council system, sovereignty can be possible within aboriginal bands. Even so, assimilation is the most beneficial step to improve Aboriginal live-conditions.
In the documentary “The people of the Kattawapiskak River”, the housing crisis and lack of assistance promised in Northern Ontario is represented. The Documentary closely follows the chief of the Attawapiskat tribe and portrays the difficult living conditions endured by local residents. These problematic conditions include the lack of clean water, electricity and basic housing especially during the intolerable cold Canadian winter. Moreover, when a colony around the world is suffering it is our duty as human beings to help them through their difficult times. As the government overlooks the aboriginals and local residents, this documentary is created in order to shed light to the
Water resources problem areis a serious challenge to the social and economic sustainable development around the whole world. With regards to the predator of fresh water shortage in global scale, Canada also unfortunately falls to its prey. Blessed with abundant fresh water in lakes, streams, rivers and most importantly –the underground water, Canada has long taken it for granted that fresh water supply will never be their concern. However, the approaching of fresh water shortage has only until recently woken Canadians from their dreams.
The Flint water crisis includes supplying insufficient water treatment to the people. The water was contaminated and included high level of leads which put people’s live in danger. The city switched into Flint River to overcome financial shortage to the city. Based on CNN, Flint River had poor quality and it degraded because of presence of fecal coliform bacteria presence, low dissolved oxygen, and toxic substances (CNN). These issues with lake should have been prevented the authorities to switch the water source of the city. There are couple people that played role in this crisis including Michigan governor, laboratory administer, environmental quality administers and Michigan emergency manager. I have choose Mike Prysby as a failed leader
To put this argument into standard form, the premises are that groundwater sources and limited, Ontario is suffering from a water crisis, and that Nestle makes millions of dollars from water while only spending 15$ a day on removing it. Therefore, for all the reasons stated, it should be apparent that Nestle shouldn’t be removing Ontario’s water.