Constance Lake First Nation
Bad Water, Bad Headlines
The CBC News headline from October 15, 2015 reads:
Bad water: 'Third World' conditions on First Nations in Canada: Two-thirds of First Nations have been under at least 1 water advisory between 2004 and 2014. According to the article: "two-thirds of all First Nation communities in Canada have been under at least one drinking water advisory at some time in the last decade, a CBC News investigation has revealed. The numbers show that 400 out of 618 First Nations in the country had some kind of water problem between 2004 and 2014."
Fighting Bad Water and Winning
But we know it doesn't have to be this way. With the right people in the circle, the impossible is possible. We live in a world where, if they have the right intentions, people in industry and government, and people from towns of all sizes, get together to make amazing things happen – things they couldn’t have dreamed up alone. We live in a world where, if they have the right intentions, people from corporations get together with people in local governments or NGOs to explore innovative ways to do business while enhancing the natural and social environment, and building community. In particular, we live in a world where Aboriginal and industry partnerships can achieve results that evade siloed government programs. We live in a world where shared value solutions are possible.
Constance Lake First Nation's Water Innovation Story
Seven years ago, a group of environmental scientists, environmental planners, and water specialists sat down for lunch with the elected leader of a distant community to hear the community’s story of a watershed gone bad, years of contaminated water, and a seemingly permanent boil water advisory affecting the health of families and preventing economic development. The story was not from a Third World community, but from Constance Lake First Nation (CLFN) in northern Ontario.