The students will understand that water is controlled at a provincial level with a few exceptions. They will also examine the state of First Nations water supplies by comparing two communities (Saddle Lake, AB and Kashechewan, ON).
The drinking water for the community is drawn downstream from where the sewage is pumped out. The community had been on a Boil Water Advisory for 2 years prior to 2005. Over 1,000 people had to be evacuated from the community for medical treatment.
There are 755 Aboriginal communities with drinking water systems, all under the responsibility of the federal government. When water becomes undrinkable, the federal government issues a boil water advisory.