“Water is life is like the air you breathe. It cleanses you. It quenches your thirst. It cleans your soul. It feeds you.”

CUPE National Indigenous Council and CUPE 1880 member Dawn Bellerose is from Robinson-Huron Anishinaabe territory in Sault Ste. Marie.

As an Indigenous woman in an urban centre, when she experiences issues with water at her home, they’re fixed within hours — but this isn’t the case for many Indigenous communities. “

Not having clean water is horrific on its own. Grassy Narrows was contaminated by mercury for over 60 years,” says Dawn. “Promise after promise to end the crisis has been broken.”

Watch and listen to her discuss ongoing water injustice in Canada.

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