The Inuit Circumpolar Council (ICC), and the Inuit Tapiriit Kanatami (ITK) in Canada, have made a joint submission to the UN Special Rapporteur (UNSR) on the human rights to safe drinking water and sanitation. The submission includes four key recommendations to undertake immediate improvements to conditions that are in many instances deplorable and unsanitary.

“Recognizing that ICC has a mandate to advocate for our Inuit rights to fresh water from the 2018 Utqiaġvik Declaration we urge governments in Canada, Greenland, and the USA to act immediately on the four recommendations contained in this report,” stated ICC Chair Dalee Sambo Dorough. “Further, the 2011 ICC Declaration on Resource Development in Inuit Nunaat states, ‘In a contemporary context, healthy communities in the Arctic require the establishment, maintenance and improvement of core infrastructure needs…’ There is nothing more fundamental than safe drinking water, and sanitation infrastructure for our communities.”

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