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Youth assembly focuses on water issues.

Danika Littlechild, a lawyer from the Ermineskin Cree Nation, talked about her work on water governance and Aboriginals at the Global Youth Assembly held July 27-30. Ignite Change Now, organized by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, took place at the University of Alberta. This year's theme was "Our world, our water, " and covered topics ranging from the Alberta oilsands to African development. "Many First Nations do not receive treated water, " said Littlechild, relying instead on wells and trucks. Others lack sewage systems, and dump sewage dangerously close to wells. "They simply do not have the resources or the capacity to address these issues on their own."

Compiled by Shari Narine

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Title Annotation:EDMONTON
Author:Narine, Shari
Publication:Alberta Sweetgrass
Article Type:Brief article
Geographic Code:1CALB
Date:Aug 1, 2011
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