Water sustains all life and runs through our territories as the lifeblood of our lands. It is a sacred resource to our communities, and we rely on access to clean water for health and wellbeing, culture, customs and traditions and sustenance. We have a responsibility to protect and conserve water for our communities and for the generations to come. As our lands and territories become more industrialized, and as climate change continues to pose significant threats to First Nations communities across B.C., water security is becoming a topic that is more important than ever before. If one thing is clear, it is that our water sources much be protected.
Since time immemorial, First Nations have been stewards of their lands and waters, and they must be part of the solution. The BC Assembly of First Nations is calling on the Provincial and Federal Governments for First Nations to be included in decision-making processes with respect to both legislation, policy and governance around source water and groundwater protection and watershed management which ultimately leads to a safe drinking water supply for First Nations communities and our ecosystem at-large.
In partnership with the Union of BC Indian Chiefs, the First Nations Summit, the First Nations Fisheries Council, and the Assembly of First Nations, the BC Assembly of First Nations will continue to advocate for First Nations jurisdiction over their waters, and for all First Nations reserves in B.C. to have safe and healthy drinking water.
For more information contact Sophia Iliopulos, Regional Water Coordinator