(OTTAWA, ONT) – Birch Bark Coffee Co. in Ottawa is working to combat the water advisory crisis in many Ontario First Nations Reserves.
Birch Bark Coffee Co. is Ottawa’s first 100% First Nations owned and operated coffee company. Their goal is to bring good quality drinking water to every home, reserve, treaty and territory – for free.
During the fall of 2016, there were 151 water advisories in First Nations communities across Canada. Some First Nations communities were living with water advisories for over 20 years.
Indigenous communities believe that water is sacred and that it’s a gift from Mother Earth. Yet here in Canada, many First Nations communities live in Third World country conditions.
The Canadian government is working to end drinking water advisories that last more than one year by 2021. Access to clean drinking water should be a priority and there is no time to wait another four years.
Birch Bark Coffee Co. wants to stand out in the coffee industry as a role model for First Nations, Metis and Inuit communities.
The coffee company will be able to equip one home with a water filtration system for every 40 bags of coffee they sell. They have collaborated with Can-Am Wellness to purchase their Belkcraft four stage and six stage water filtration systems.
The filtration systems will be installed into homes at no cost to the indigenous communities and families suffering from the poor water conditions in Ontario reserves.
To help support our First Nations communities living with water advisories please visit Birch Bark Coffee Co. and purchase their Certified Organic and Fairtrade Coffee. The link is below:
Source: Mark Marsolais-Nahwegahbow/Birch Bark Coffee Co