Dan Vandal, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services, recognized nine Manitoba First Nations on their progress improving water and wastewater infrastructure.
As part of its commitment to improve access to safe drinking water, the Government of Canada has invested in the following projects in First Nations communities in Manitoba:
- God’s Lake First Nation successfully lifted a long-term drinking water advisory on July 29, 2019 after completing upgrades to the affected water system. The advisory had been in effect since April 24, 2005. The water treatment plant also provides service to 15 homes separated from the mainland. Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) contributed $688,000 toward the project.
- Hollow Water successfully upgraded and expanded its water treatment plant and intake system in 2018. ISC contributed $9.4 million toward the project. ISC is also contributing $10.8 million toward the expansion of the community’s wastewater lagoon. That project is expected to be completed in fall 2019.
- Canupawakpa Dakota First Nation installed a new community water well in February 2018. ISC contributed $46,000 to the West Region Tribal Council to support the project.
- Ebb and Flow installed a new community water well in February 2019. ISC contributed $190,000 to the West Region Tribal Council to support the project.
- Sapotaweyak Cree Nation successfully completed a new wastewater collection and treatment facility in November 2018. ISC contributed $6.5 million toward the project.
- Mathias Colomb completed a new water distribution and wastewater collection system in March 2019. ISC contributed $3.6 million toward the project.
- Lake Manitoba completed a new wastewater collection system and treatment facility in June 2019. ISC contributed $14 million toward the project.
- At Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation, work is underway to build a new water treatment plant and piping. ISC is contributing $22.7 million for a new plant and decommissioning of the existing plant. Meanwhile, Nisichawayasihk Cree Nation expanded its wastewater lagoon in November 2018. ISC contributed approximately $6.8 million toward the project.
- Black River First Nation is developing a new aerated wastewater lagoon. It’s expected to be complete in fall 2019. ISC contributed $9.8 million toward the project.
The Government of Canada continues to pursue its goal of lifting boil water advisories in all First Nations communities by the end of 2021.