World water day 2014
MCCO/Lyndsay Mollins Koene

A renewed well at Curve Lake First Nation.

I am sure that in 1873, when Horatio G. Spafford wrote this well know hymn, drawn from Psalm 146:1, that he wasn’t thinking about World Water Day, nor the scarcity of clean, potable water around the world that exists today.

On July 28, 2010, the United Nations General Assembly passed a resolution recognizing the basic human right to safe and clean drinking water and sanitation. On March 22 we recognize the right to clean water for all.

"It is well with my soul"

Of the 630 First Nations across the Canada, approximately 10% of all drinking water is delivered via dug or drilled wells.  Many of these wells have become worn  and contain contaminates over time, making water unsafe for drinking.  One of the 134 First Nation communities in Ontario, Curve Lake First Nation, is presently working to both clean and re-cap 25 wells that had stopped delivering clean water to Elders and families.

MCC Ontario, has worked with Curve Lake First Nation, and countless constituents, to clean and recap five of these wells.  Today we must celebrate the projects that pour into streams of success.