Safe Drinking Water on First Nations Communities

… a resource page for Toronto PPG1007

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Kaitlin De Menna, Emily Graham,
Rebecca Hellam, and Joseph Sorestad

Our team’s Minister’s Briefing Assignment, as described at Minister’s Briefing Cases for PPG1007 Section I, was:

“Building on the work done by the class on the First Nations Drinking Water case focusing on 16 Ontario communities, recommend specific measures that the Government of Canada could take to improve the chances of ending long-term boil water advisories on all First Nations communities in Ontario by March 2021.”

Summary

Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) has been mandated to resolve all long-term drinking water advisories (LTDWAs) on First Nation reserves by 2021, and Minister Philpott has increased the challenge by accelerating the target end date to March 2020. Given the limited funds, deteriorating infrastructure, and considerations of Indigenous self-governance, the following briefing deck of record will illustrate a proposed solution as to how ISC can best allocate current funding and resources to meet the accelerated 2020 target. Using the University of Toronto’s School of Public Policy’s analysis of 16 Ontario First Nation communities living under drinking water advisories and additional pilot project case studies, this briefing suggests the solutions to LTDWAs are within reach. Provided that ISC and First Nations communities are able to accelerate funding release mechanisms, make use of regional collaborative hubs, and empower Indigenous self-governance, the outcomes could resemble the successes of the Safe Water Project in terms of building human resource capacity within communities while resolving immediate drinking water issues within a relatively short timeframe.

The briefing team (with LinkedIn profiles)

Kaitlin De Menna

Emily Graham

Rebecca Hellam

Joseph Sorestad

The clients (with profiles)

Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services Canada

Jean-Francois Tremblay
Deputy Minster of Indigenous Services Canada

Peter Wallace
Secretary of the Treasury Board of Canada

Anne Scotton
Ontario Regional Director General of Indigenous Services Canada

Decision context

Following the PPG1007 (University of Toronto School of Public Policy and Governance) analysis of 16 Ontario First Nation communities under drinking water advisories, an analysis of current water systems in these communities was conducted to identify barriers preventing these communities from reaching the ISC’s 2020 target to end drinking water advisories.

With these goals in mind given the limited funds, deteriorating infrastructure, and considerations of Indigenous self-governance the following briefing will illustrate a proposed solution as to how we can best allocate funding and resources to meet the accelerated 2020 target.

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Rebecca Hellam, and Joseph Sorestad, last modified 3 April 2018.