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Canada Commits to Water Infrastructure for Two First Nation Communities

By Todd Westcott 09:38AM November 12, 2018

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Canada’s Ministry of Indigenous Services has announced funding for two infrastructure projects in Wauzhushk Onigum Nation and in Gull Bay First Nation.

“We are excited to be making progress on this project and we are happy to have the Government of Canada and the City of Kenora working alongside us. Completion of this project will provide a safe and reliable supply of drinking water for our growing community and economy, now and for future generations,” said Chief Christopher Skead, Anishinabe of Wauzhushk Onigum.

Canada has committed to fund the design and construction of water and wastewater connections between the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation and the City of Kenora. Once completed, the project will provide safe drinking water to all 377 residents that live on the reserve and will eliminate two long-term drinking water advisories in the community of Wauzhushk Onigum Nation.

“Building reliable infrastructure is critical for the health and wellbeing of any community. These projects in the Wauzhushk Onigum Nation and Gull Bay First Nation will provide reliable drinking water to residents and eliminate long-term drinking water advisories,” said Minister of Indigenous Services Jane Philpott. “I look forward to following the progress of these important infrastructure projects.”

In addition, Canada has also committed to fund the design and construction of a new centralized water treatment plant in Gull Bay First Nation. The water treatment plant will bring safe drinking water to 404 people that live on the reserve and will eliminate a long-term drinking water advisory that has been in place since April 2009.

“Without the availability of consistent drinking water in Kiashke Zaaging Anishinaabek – Gull Bay First Nation for nearly two decades, our Nation and its citizens have been negatively impacted on so many levels,” said Chief Wilfred King, Gull Bay First Nation. “I am happy to have worked side-by-side with the representatives from Canada to ensure that the provision of safe and reliable drinking water comes to the citizens of our Nation in a way that limits negative impacts to the Land and the environment.”

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