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Children with leukemia and water issues in Tyendinaga

Tyendinaga Mohawk First Nations, Ontario (ICC)

The Tyendinaga Mohawk police have been asked to investigate whether the band council has been criminally negligent in its handling of the on-going water crisis where children have recently been diagnosed with cancer and developed body sores.

Tension has been building on the First Nation in Ontario, as residents have been demanding to know why three children have been diagnosed with leukemia.
At a community meeting November 21st, residents learned the type of leukemia the children have isn’t caused by drinking water.

But regardless of what experts have to say, some parents believe there is a link between the environment, the body sores and case of leukemia.

A landfill on Tine-dinaga was closed in 2004 and permanently capped in 2007. But it’s still a concern to parents. The site sits 600 metres from the Mohawk School and is on what is called fractured limestone bedrock without any sort of protection to stop its contaminants from leaching into the surrounding environment including sources of water.

Water problems in Tine-dinaga date back to 1970s and has been an on-going problem with over half the wells on the reserve having undrinkable water.

Residents who are on a well system have been on a boil advisory for years. The band council say they have lobbied Aboriginal Affairs for money to build a water treatment plant but it’s not clear whether any money is on the way. For the on-going story checkout APTN.ca