Chief Trevor Mercredi and Beaver First Nation have officially opened a new water treatment facility.
The new water plant is connected to an existing six-plex housing unit and provides connections for future housing units.
“Congratulations to Chief Mercredi and Beaver First Nation on the opening of their new water treatment plant and six new housing units” said Marc Miller, minister of Indigenous services. “The infrastructure gap between Indigenous communities and the rest of Canada is very real, and our government remains committed to working in partnership with First Nations to support the building up of communities so that residents are guaranteed access to clean water.”
The Government of Canada invested $14.2 million in the water project. It included construction of a water treatment plant, raw water intake, treated water reservoir, and distribution main to the Beaver First Nation Boyer River core area.
According to the Government of Canada, it is working in partnership with First Nations communities to build water facilities that improve access to clean water.
Beaver First Nation also opened six new housing units were designed to accommodate large families in response to the First Nation’s increasing population. They include multi-unit accommodations and a new unit to address the needs of a disabled youth. The Government of Canada provided $1.8 million in support.
Beaver First Nation is located in Treaty 8 Territory near the town of High Level, Alberta. The community has a population of approximately 450 people on reserve.