Pikangikum Water Project
PWRDF activities at St. Andrew and St. Mark and nearby
During the summer, to further the efforts of PWRDF for the PIKANGIKUM water project, PWRDF drafted 3 letters which were sent to 3 federal ministers. The letters were to request that they follow up on actions to improve the critical water problem the people of Pikangikum are enduring.
Approximately 40 letters were signed by our parishioners and we received a positive response from The Honorable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC)
On September 30th, 3 parish members ( Margaret B, Yvonne W and Pamela M) participated in the “H2O (Hands to Others) PWRDF Water Walk”. The walk was to raise awareness of the need for clean water in Pikangikum.
The walk took place in LaSalle along the St. Lawrence river. It was a beautiful day for walking and approximately 60 people from various parishes participated. It was especially nice to walk along side of and to chat with some people from the Church of the Resurrection.
Over $900.00 was raised.
Across Canada, Anglicans are supporting interim solutions for safe and accessible water in the First Nations community of Pikangikum, Ont through PWRDF.
Pikangikum is a First Nations community in northwestern Ontario. It came to national attention after a wave of youth suicides, which prompted a group of Toronto-based professionals to work with the Pikangikum elders and school system as the Pikangikum Working Group (PWG), which identified twelve priorities for the community. The first priority was to get a new school, which is opened in the fall of 2016. The second is clean water.
The water problem
- Of the 450 homes in the community, 415 (90%+) do not have water or waste-water services.
- Surface water sources (lakes and rivers) are vulnerable to contamination, as are in-home water storage systems.
- Inadequate and decrepit wooden outhouses are used by most residents.
- Most of the present homes do not have the space or the structural integrity to support bathroom facilities.
- To provide a source of potable drinking water to Pikangikum homes, equipping the homes with a cistern to hold the water and a wastewater holding tank, as well as the necessary fixtures and fittings.
- Since 2013, over $440 000 has been raised and 14 homes equipped with clean water and waste water removal facilities so far
- Plans are underway for Phase 2 to begin in 2016
PWRDF’s Commitment to Pikangikum
A network of concerned Canadian Christians, working with PWRDF, has raised over $440,000, an amount that continues to grow. The residents of Pikangikum are already sharing in the change that this money is helping to make possible.