VICTORIA, Dec. 9, 2017 /CNW/ - Members of local First Nations, the Public Service Alliance of Canada, and British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union are pleased to be holding a Sacred Water Ceremony on the territory known as Lekwungen of Songhees & Esquimalt First Nations on December 10th, International Human Rights Day.
The community, including politicians, federal and provincial government workers and members of the Indigenous community on Vancouver Island are coming together to raise awareness about the lack of safe drinking water in First Nations communities and to remind the Liberal government of their pledge to end boil-water advisories on First Nations reserves within the next five years.
Access to clean and safe water is a basic human right. As of July 31 2017, there were a total of 121 First Nations under 172 drinking water advisories across Canada.
The Sacred Water Ceremony is co-sponsored by the Public Service Alliance of Canada National Aboriginal Peoples' Circle, Victoria Human Rights Committee, and the British Columbia Government and Service Employees Union
SOURCE Public Service Alliance of Canada