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World Water Day: Dietitians concerned about access to safe water for First Nations communities

Mar 20, 2015


TORONTO, ON - Dietitians of Canada joins with other dietitian associations around the world to acknowledge World Water Day, March 22, 2015. World Water Day was established by the United Nations Assembly 22 years ago as a day to celebrate water and bring attention to water-related issues suffered globally. In Canada, water is not generally considered a scare resource and most of us don’t think about access to a safe and sufficient supply of water. But for many communities, particularly First Nations communities, this is far from the truth.
 
“Everyone should have access to a safe and sufficient supply of food and water no matter where they live or what their income or education level”, says Elisa Levi, registered dietitian and co-chair of the Aboriginal Nutrition Network of Dietitians of Canada.
 
There are over 100 First Nations communities across Canada that have drinking advisories in effect. There has not been a decrease in the number of affected communities over the past 2 years (2013 compared to 2014). Today, for World Water Day, dietitians bring attention to the lack of safe water in some Canadian communities and around the world.

 
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