In 2010, The United Nations (UN) declared March 22 as World Water Day. The UN recognized “the right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation as a human right that is essential for the full enjoyment of life and all human rights”.
According to the UN, Indigenous people are among the billions of marginalized people still living without safe drinking water. This year GMRC celebrates World Water Day by reaching out to the people in our community who work long hours to ensure our drinking water is safe.
We will be launching a three-part series highlighting the efforts taken to ensure Listuguj, Eel River Bar and Pabineau members have safe drinking water. We begin our series, just 8 kilometers south of Bathurst on Pabineau First Nation. Steven Peter-Paul operates the state of the art water treatment plant for the approximately 200 community members. As the water is pumped from ground wells near the river and treated, Steven takes us for a tour throughout the facility. We invite you to join us for the tour.