Chief David General of Six Nations in Ontario said he is aware that people in his community drink their tap water even though it is not safe and that some people get sick as a result.
General said many people do not even notice the signs that warn them not to drink tap water.
Health Canada says a drinking water advisory is a way to advise members of the public in a specific community that they should use an alternative source of drinking water.
It says it is a measure designed to protect public health from waterborne contaminants that could be present in drinking water.
In March 2006, Indian and Northern Affairs Minister Jim Prentice launched a plan of action to address drinking water problems in First Nation communities.
General said many aboriginal communities would rather have a new water plant instead of a new communications strategy.
Like wait times, aboriginal peoples are still waiting for clean water.
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