Evacuees from Neskantaga Set to Return Home

Neskantaga First Nation
Neskantaga First Nation

Immediate Water Crisis Fixed

THUNDER BAY – NESKANTAGA – Neskantaga First Nation community members can finally begin to return home after having been evacuated for more than a week due to a crisis with the remote community’s water supply.

Analytical results of water samples collected on September 18 and September 19, 2019 from the various locations in the distribution system for microbiological testing indicate that all required conditions have been met to guarantee that the drinking water supply is of an acceptable microbiological quality.

Do not comsume back to Boil Water Advisory

The water samples taken within the distributions and at the Water Treatment Plant showed the chlorine residual at a level in accordance with the current legislation. The Do Not Consume Water Advisory that was in place in the community will be lifted and the Boil Water Advisory will be reinstated.

“We are happy to be finally going home after a long week away,” says Chief Christopher Moonias. “I would like to thank our people for the strength they’ve shown, and the individuals and organizations that have helped and supported us along the way. Our hope is that the Canadian government follows the lead of the people and supports our community in overcoming this difficulty as well as the continued battle we experience with the 25-year boil water advisory.”

Arrangements for the evacuees have started and the first flight will return home starting Monday morning at 11 am.