Life’s Essential: Debunking the Myths and Exposing the Realities of Canada’s Water System

Valine Crist

Abstract


The world is on the verge of a global water crisis. In Canada, there is a widespread misconception of water abundance; a belief that we are exempt from the need to conserve and protect. This paper will demonstrate that there is a lack of water accessibility on Indian reserves in Canada, and further, that the water that services Indigenous communities is not held to the same quality standard as the water throughout the rest of the nation. Taking a holistic approach to well-being, it is argued that the issues around quality and quantity of water on reserves is a threat to the health of local people and represents a modern form of structural violence.



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