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The chief of Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario says hundreds of people are being evacuated from the community due to a water crisis.
Chief Christopher Moonias says an oily sheen was discovered in the Neskantaga water reservoir earlier this week.
He says the community has identified 175 vulnerable residents who need to leave, out of an on-reserve population of about 460.
However, he says many others have requested evacuation or left on their own because of the situation.
Moonias notes that the community has also been under a boil-water advisory for more than 25 years, and accuses the provincial and federal governments of “dragging their feet on our crisis.”
Neskantaga, a fly in community 430 kilometres northeast of Thunder Bay, has been under a boil water advisory since 1995.