At the Edge of Canada: Indigenous Research presents interviews with researchers about their work with Aboriginal peoples. The objective is to assist people in better understanding Indigenous people, our issues and the often asked Google term “what is aboriginal.” It is originally produced as a radio broadcast on UMFM 101.5 FM in Winnipeg Manitoba and hosted by Dr Robert-Falcon Ouellette while working at University of Manitoba. He is now an Member of Parliament in Ottawa. Ekosani.
This radio program focuses on the very
human need for water, and how Canada has been ignoring many of its citizens in
this regard for quite some time now. In essence, it is about Aboriginal
Peoples, and their rights to water.
We explored different programs currently
happening in order to better the quality of water (Create H20), and had a
chance to talk to Wendy Ross, who is involved with this program. We also
interview Katelin Neufeld, who has also had experience in
this area of water quality and treatment. We also spoke to Kevin Lamoureux, a
Professor in the Faculty of Education at the University of Winnipeg. He gave us
some important insights as to who is affected by poor water quality, and what
it means to not have access to adequate water. He urges that we as educators
need to understand that students who are not properly nourished will not be
interested or focused in school.
The fundamental questions we asked
included: Why should people have to test and treat their own water when so many
of us can simply turn on the tap and expect clean water to come out? What are
the personal experiences our interviewees have had with water? Their answers
have been insightful and enlightening and the program is definitely worth
If there are underprivileged people in
Canada, that means there are those who are privileged. We need to see reality
for what it is, and help out our fellow Canadians.