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Gowling WLG is pleased to announce the launch of Canada North, a practice group of lawyers who are dedicated to serving clients in Nunavut, the Northwest Territories, Yukon and the northern regions of many provinces. Encompassing a breadth of legal areas—including corporate commercial, environmental, mining, Indigenous, procurement, and energy law, as well…

January 12, 2018 @ 12:47pm

Mishkeegogamang First Nation has successfully ended long-term and short-term drinking water advisories, continuing progress towards the federal governments pledge to end long-term DWAs. Yesterday afternoon, Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, shared progress on this commitment. Mishkeegogamang First Nation has lifted short- and long-term drinking water advisories that have affected…

December 22, 2017 @ 10:11am

Photo credit: Joe Bryksa, Winnipeg Free Press. 1. National knowledge gaps on water and health In February, Water Canada reported on new research from the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan that demonstrated significant gaps in our understanding of drinking water and health outcomes in Indigenous communities across…

December 21, 2017 @ 2:59pm

On Friday, Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, announced the opening of the 2018–2019 call for proposals for the new Indigenous Community-Based Climate Monitoring Program. "Indigenous people have been clear—today's rapid acceleration of climate change is having a worrying and negative impact on their daily lives, their…

December 18, 2017 @ 11:21am

Minister of Indigenous Services, Jane Philpott has congratulated Whitefish River First Nation (WRFN), ON, on progress towards an elevated reservoir, after the community awarded a contract for the construction of the water reservoir. Ceccetto & Sons Ltd. was awarded the contract through a public tendering process by the WRFN in Ontario.…

December 15, 2017 @ 10:04am

On Saturday, Canada and British Columbia announced the first annual progress report on the implementation of the Pan-Canadian Framework on Clean Growth and Climate Change, the first pan-Canadian plan to address climate change, which highlighted national work on floodplain mapping. In the past year, governments have taken steps to support communities affected by…

December 11, 2017 @ 10:04am

The Parliamentary Budget Officer, Jean-Denis Fréchette, released a report today analyzing federal spending on drinking water and wastewater treatment on First Nations reserves. In it, he suggests that the current government is grossly under-budget to meet the 2015 promise end to long-term boil water advisories on reserves within five years. The…

December 07, 2017 @ 2:56pm

Yukon First Nations and environmental groups have won a landmark Supreme Court case. The judgment released on Friday upholds a land use plan that protects the majority of the Peel Watershed in northeastern Yukon. The decision, written by Justice Andromache Karakatsanis, is expected to be precedent setting for matters pertaining…

December 04, 2017 @ 10:03am

The Arctic Monitoring and Assessment Programme (AMAP)—one of six Working Groups of the Arctic Council—has released its fourth assessment addressing Arctic climate issues. The report entitled, Snow, Water, Ice and Permafrost in the Arctic, highlights the dramatic pace of changes that are occurring in the Arctic environment and how those changes impact the rest…

November 20, 2017 @ 5:29pm

This week, experts have gathered in Montreal, Quebec to collaborate on First Nations-led solutions to the housing and infrastructure crisis facing many First Nations at the First Nations Forum to Address Housing & Infrastructure Crisis. AFN Manitoba Regional Chief Kevin Hart, who holds the Water, Housing and Infrastructure portfolio for AFN, said:…

October 31, 2017 @ 1:20pm

For the first time in more than 100 years, the historic site of Chaudière Falls has opened to the public. Hydro Ottawa's Board Chair Jim Durrell and president and CEO, Bryce Conrad were on site to mark the official opening. The event highlighted the site's new viewing platforms, park space,…

October 17, 2017 @ 11:35am

Three levels of government joined together today to announce a new $8.8 million investment in water and wastewater infrastructure in First Nations communities across Ontario. Michelle Solomon, councillor of the Fort William First Nation said, "Fort William First Nation has been in need of the approved Infrastructure projects for quite some time. On behalf…

October 10, 2017 @ 12:05pm

A draft water strategy has been developed based on input from stakeholders, the public and First Nations and is now available online for comment for 45 days. Once it is finalized, the provincial strategy will guide the government in further protecting and managing water. “A strategy is needed so that…

October 06, 2017 @ 4:13pm

On September 21st, the POLIS Water Sustainability Project at the University of Victoria and the Centre for Indigenous Environmental Resources released Collaborative Consent and British Columbia’s Water: Towards Watershed Co-Governance, which articulates a model for achieving a critical shift towards more equitable nation-to-nation relationships between Canada and Indigenous peoples. Canada’s…

September 26, 2017 @ 10:52am

Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe has released a statement declaring that he’s disappointed that a key commitment to help mitigate downstream methylmercury impacts from the Muskrat Falls project is not being honoured. “When we met with Newfoundland and Labrador Premier Dwight Ball last October we all agreed to resolve several key…

September 19, 2017 @ 11:17am

Canada has announced new multi-year funding agreements to support 33-Treaty-based co-management boards, including those that provide water management services to northern communities. The support will go to co-management boards established under the Inuvialuit, Gwich'in, Sahtu, and Tlicho treaties, said Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs. The funding will…

August 25, 2017 @ 11:00am

The federal government has committed $1.2 million to end long-term drinking water advisories in 8 Treaty #3 communities. Last week, Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced the investments through Budget 2016, which will support eight water infrastructure projects in eight First Nations in Treaty No. 3 and…

August 21, 2017 @ 10:31am

To mark the tenth anniversary of the United Nations International Day of the World's Indigenous Peoples on August 9, Assembly of First Nations (AFN) national Chief Perry Bellegarde expressed his commitment to the full implementation of the United Nations Declaration, including its resolutions that relate to water. "Today, First Nations stand in…

August 08, 2017 @ 9:43am

A recent article published in the journal Water Security, Advancing human capabilities for water security: A relational approach, argues that water security needs to move away from a material approach to one that “centers on wellbeing, human development, and justice.” The authors, led by Wendy Jepson, Department of Geography, Texas A&M,…

August 02, 2017 @ 10:54am

The Government of Canada will invest approximately $8.8 million to help upgrade the Neskantaga First Nation community's water treatment system. The announcement includes an addition to the existing water plant with new treatment technology and additional reservoir storage capacity to meet the community's long-term needs, enabling more than 340 residents…

July 31, 2017 @ 11:19am

The government of Canada announced new investments to the elimination of the long-term drinking water advisory in White Bear First Nation in Saskatchewan. The approximately $9.2 million will help replace the community's water treatment system, enabling more than 800 residents to access clean water for the first time in over five years.…

July 26, 2017 @ 7:10am

On May 29, 2017, the federal ministry of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada posted a notice online that engagement with First Nations for safe drinking water would be undertaken. The announcement came as a surprise to some leaders within the First Nations community and advocacy groups. Details of the engagement…

June 19, 2017 @ 9:34am

On Friday, the Government of Canada and announced an investment of $42.7 million in water and wastewater for BC First Nations. Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, was in Semiahmoo First Nation to announce $42.7 million in targeted funding through Budget 2016 to support 33 First Nation water and wastewater…

June 12, 2017 @ 11:13am

The highly anticipated first annual report on the progress and results of the Alberta-Northwest Territories Mackenzie River Basin Bilateral Water Management Agreement, signed March 18, 2015, has been delayed due to a failure of governments to agree on its details. While a teleconference of the bilateral committee responsible for the…

May 10, 2017 @ 7:41am

Metro Vancouver has awarded the contract for the new Lions Gate Secondary Wastewater Treatment Plant to ADAPT Consortium at a cost of $525 million. Construction is expected to begin in spring 2017 and be completed by December 2020. The existing wastewater treatment plant will be decommissioned beginning in 2021 and…

April 10, 2017 @ 9:04am

The Alberta Government has released its Budget 2017, which includes $100 million in new funding to support access to water systems throughout the province, providing access to clean water for Indigenous peoples. Alberta’s provisions for water access to Indigenous people and people living on reserve is to maintain its commitment…

March 17, 2017 @ 10:07am

A new report provides strong evidence that the old industrial chlor-alkali plant, that is upstream of the Asubpeeschoseewagong Netum Anishinabek (Grassy Narrows First Nation) in Dryden, Ontario, is still leaking mercury. The Wabigoon River Mercury Remediation Study, dated February 1, 2017, was done on behalf of the Grassy Narrows community.…

March 03, 2017 @ 7:52am

New research from the School of Public Health at the University of Saskatchewan shows that research on drinking water and health outcomes in Indigenous communities in Canada is limited and has occurred on an opportunistic basis. Drs. Lori  Bradford, Lalita  Bharadwaj, Udoka Okpalauwaekwe, and Cheryl Waldner assert that there is a need…

February 21, 2017 @ 9:32am

The Tsilhqot’in Nation is in federal court in Vancouver this week to oppose an attempt by Taseko Mines Limited (TSX:TKO) (TML) to overturn the 2014 federal rejection of TML’s proposed New Prosperity Mine, which the First Nation asserts will damage the natural watercourses in the region and those that they…

January 30, 2017 @ 10:13am

The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve. The program, announced Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs…

January 20, 2017 @ 9:16am

Ontario has released the Minister’s Annual Report on Drinking Water from the office of Ministry of the Environment and Climate Change (MOECC). The report details the work done in late 2015 through 2016 to ensure the quality and safety of Ontario’s drinking water. The ministry highlighted certain elements of the…

December 22, 2016 @ 11:11am

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation will get its Freedom Road after the provincial and federal governments, along with the City of Winnipeg, reached an agreement to fund the road. According to a CBC News report, the three levels of government will provide $40 million for the project, a 24-kilometre roadway…

December 13, 2016 @ 12:05pm

On December 6th, the federal Government announced the transfer of three parcels of land totalling 1.707 hectares in Rock Bay, British Columbia, from Canada to a partnership of the Esquimalt Nation and the Songhees Nation after remediation of the harbour floor and uplands. With the transfer, the Esquimalt Nation and Songhees Nation will…

December 08, 2016 @ 9:08am

Canadian Arctic scientist, Dr. John England, joins prestigious ranks, today accepting the Weston Family Prize for Lifetime Achievement in Northern Research. England is a well-known advocate for the importance of northern science and value of the Canadian Arctic landscape. His work has captured 18,000 years of glacial and sea level history…

December 07, 2016 @ 9:24am

On December 5th, Toosey First Nation (Tl'esqox First Nation) in British Columbia announced that it has completed a new water treatment system. The water system includes a new well, water treatment plant, and distribution system. Once commissioned, the system will provide clean, healthy drinking water to the more than 340 residents…

December 06, 2016 @ 9:48am

New research from Harvard University has forecasted human exposure to methylmercury levels in areas of Canada where new hydroelectric development is being considered will be significant. The study showed that more than 90 per cent of potential new projects are likely to increase concentrations of the methylmercury in food webs…

November 18, 2016 @ 12:20pm

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde opened the National Housing and Infrastructure Forum in Winnipeg, MB, on November 1st by calling for a First Nations-led strategy and national action plan to put forward solutions to ensure safe and healthy housing and infrastructure for all First Nations with a strong focus…

November 03, 2016 @ 8:23am

The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, Carolyn Bennett, travelled to the Pacheedaht First Nation in British Columbia to congratulate the community on the grand opening of its new water treatment and distribution system. The new system provides clean drinking water to the First Nation community and eliminates the need…

October 25, 2016 @ 11:38am

In a report published on September 29th, scientists found what they described as an “alarmingly high frequency” of fecal bacteria in drinking water sources at a fly-in First Nations community. E. coli levels were upwards of 62,000CFU per 100 millilitres in homes without running water. Homes that were using water…

October 17, 2016 @ 2:04pm

The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced over $4 million in funding for an expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Safe Water Project during her visit with youth in to Northern Ontario. The expansion has set a target to end boiling water advisories for 19 First Nation…

October 13, 2016 @ 11:19am

During a visit to the Anishinabeg community of Kitigan Zibi, Quebec, The Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, announced an investment of $4.9 million to connect thirty-four new housing development lots to the community's water supply and sewer systems. The Canadian government has instituted policy intending to support…

September 26, 2016 @ 1:50pm

In response to Minister Carolyn Bennett's public statement to affirm that, "Access to clean and safe drinking water is a right for all Canadians," the Canadian Water Quality Association has called on the government to consider policy form. Kevin Wong, the executive director of the Canadian Water Quality Association (CQWA)…

September 15, 2016 @ 2:25pm

Minister Carolyn Bennett of Indigenous and Northern Affairs issued a statement this week reaffirming her ministry's commitment to end boil water advisories on reserves in five years. The statement said, "Severe underfunding over the past decades has created this unacceptable situation. Our government acknowledges that money alone will not solve…

September 15, 2016 @ 10:03am

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde today said that a detailed investigative report by the Globe & Mail outlining the troubling state of fresh water systems in First Nations communities across Canada points to the urgent need for all levels of government to take immediate action to…

August 31, 2016 @ 5:17am

The Pacific Salmon Commission (PSC) has reported the lowest number of sockeye salmon in the Fraser River since estimates began in 1893. The PSC’s Fraser River Panel met last week to review assessment data. They reported that, “The exact reasons why the return fell at the lower end of the…

August 22, 2016 @ 6:30am

Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde announced that the report by Human Rights Watch,  Make It Safe: Canada’s Obligation to End the First Nations Water Crisis, is another urgent call for immediate action to close the gap in living conditions between First Nations and others in Canada.…

June 29, 2016 @ 8:24am

BHP Billiton, one of the largest mining companies in Saskatchewan, has teamed up with local First Nation to connect 15 homes to its water treatment plant. In 2013, BHP Billiton signed an opportunities agreement with Day Star First Nations. The agreement outlined how they would work together on opportunities in…

June 06, 2016 @ 8:04am

More than 250 prominent university professors from across Canada, including legal scholars, political scientists, water scientists, and environmental scientists, released a statement of concern regarding Site C, a hydroelectric dam on the Peace River in northeastern British Columbia. A letter supporting the concerns raised by this group has been issued…

May 24, 2016 @ 10:13am

Prime Minister Justin Trudeau visited the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in Manitoba this week. The visit was prompted by an invitation by VICE Media, a multinational television channel brand that targets millenials. VICELAND is filming a documentary on the conditions within Shoal Lake, including a 17-year boil water advisory—one…

April 29, 2016 @ 4:45am

The Government of Yukon has announced plans to invest more than $1.5 million to expand Yukon’s water monitoring network in between now and 2017, subject to legislative approval. Minister of Environment Wade Istchenko said, “The Government of Yukon is committed to making water management decisions that sustain the quality and…

April 12, 2016 @ 12:44pm

A new report calling on the government to make changes to the Fisheries Act is gaining support among a large number of Canadian scientists, First Nations groups, fisheries and environmental organizations. Over fifty individuals and groups have signed a letter to Fisheries and Oceans Minister Hunter Tootoo in support of its recommendations to…

March 31, 2016 @ 9:24am

The end of a long and emotional legal battle to prevent extensive natural resource development in the Peel watershed has ended in favour of wilderness preservation. The Yukon Court of Appeal upheld the Supreme Court's verdict that the Yukon government did not respect the terms of the land use agreement that had been…

November 05, 2015 @ 10:32am

British Columbia Environment Minister Mary Polak and Northwest Territories Environment and Natural Resources Minister J. Michael Miltenberger signed an agreement today committing both governments to co-operatively manage water in the Mackenzie River Basin. Through the British Columbia and Northwest Territories Bilateral Water Management Agreement, which focuses on the Liard and…

October 15, 2015 @ 2:34pm

On any given day, there are about 1,600 drinking water advisories posted in Canada. A new mobile app designed by the Lake Ontario WaterKeeper, using research data from Water Today, provides up-to-the-day information on Boil Water, Do Not Consume, Water Shortage, and Cyanobacteria (Blue-Green Algae) water advisories across Canada. "There is…

September 18, 2015 @ 9:07am

Oil and gas company Nexen has been ordered by the B.C. Environmental Appeal Board to cease taking water out of the Tsea watershed within the Horn River Basin. It’s the first time a long-term water licence for the purpose of hydraulic fracturing has been challenged and revoked in B.C. The…

September 09, 2015 @ 11:26am

Alberta is taking steps to better prepare communities for potential drought and severe floods, such as the heavy rainfall that devastated Calgary and other parts of Alberta in 2013. The province has launched a new grant program to assist municipalities in protecting residents, property, and infrastructure in the event of…

June 11, 2014 @ 2:06pm

The Buctouche First Nation in eastern New Brunswick is opening a new water treatment plant that will provide safe and clean drinking water to the community's 75 residents. “Our community has been affected on a number of occasions by water quality issues, [we are] very pleased that these long-awaited upgrades…

May 22, 2014 @ 12:25pm

The Canadian Water Network (CWN) is investing nearly $200,000 in a research project aimed at addressing the disproportionate burden First Nations communities in Canada face in terms of unsafe drinking water, wastewater, and stormwater systems, as well as drought and flood risks. The research will investigate methods of integrating western…

May 12, 2014 @ 7:53am

The federal government has announced the plans for a $330.8-million investment over two years for First Nation water and wastewater systems on reserve. The funds were earmarked in Budget 2012. Year one of this funding will be allocated by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) in 2012-2013 in three…

January 15, 2013 @ 9:45am

The federal government is still failing to ensure all Canadians have access to safe drinking water, according to a new report from Ecojustice. Waterproof 3, the environmental organization’s third drinking water report card, gives the federal government an ‘F’ for lagging in almost every aspect of water protection for which…

November 15, 2011 @ 12:36pm

For over a decade, Environment Canada and Fisheries and Oceans Canada have warned that key environmental information regarding the effects of oil sands projects has been missing, reads the opening letter in the 2011 October Report of the Commissioner of the Environment and Sustainable Development, tabled this morning in the…

October 04, 2011 @ 9:56am

[caption id="attachment_9689" align="aligncenter" width="570" caption="L-R: Team members Nolan Allan, Buck Nelson, Melina Laboucan, Phillip Stewart, Heather Bohn, and Daniel Smith."][/caption] An international panel of technology experts has recognized a British Columbia First Nations multimedia team for its development of WaterKeeper, an interactive 3D training tool designed to support operators of…

September 12, 2011 @ 1:35pm

During a trip to Quebec, the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, announced investments planned for First Nations projects. The funding will lead to extensive construction throughout First Nation communities, including the renovation and construction of drinking water…

July 07, 2010 @ 9:09am

Ten years after Walkerton, Canadians remain at risk of waterborne disease outbreaks as a growing divide emerges between those who have access to safe drinking water and those that do not, says a new report. “Walkerton and Kashechewan demonstrated the risks involved with poor water management,” says Ecojustice staff lawyer…

May 17, 2010 @ 8:11am

Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, has announced an investment of approximately $7 million to assist 11 First Nations with 17 capital infrastructure projects including water and wastewater infrastructure, road construction and maintenance and emergency management throughout the Atlantic Region.…

April 16, 2010 @ 1:26pm

[caption id="attachment_5103" align="alignleft" width="300" caption="Chief Bob Chamberlin in Oslo, Norway, May 2006. Photo by Anders Minge (via firstnations.de)"][/caption] In response to clear-cutting in British Columbia and the effect it may have on drinking water sources, Chief Bob Chamberlin is calling on Premier Gordon Campbell to "act swiftly and personally intervene…

March 04, 2010 @ 9:56am

Canada's Green Party has voiced its opinion on bottled water by asking the federal government to avoid its purchase wherever possible, citing environmental and economic reasons. A recent report by the Polaris Institute and the Canadian Union of Public Employees (CUPE) Nova Scotia states that the Canadian government has spent…

May 25, 2009 @ 7:15am

First Nations will have access to the same quality of safe and reliable water as all Canadians, said Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, today in a statement. Since the federal government launched the Plan of Action for Drinking…

April 13, 2009 @ 8:15am

The District of North Cowichan, B.C. has received an environmental assessment (EA) certificate for its proposal to install and operate a groundwater supply for the Town of Chemainus during the fall, winter and spring to address seasonal turbidity problems with the existing surface water supply. Environment Minister Barry Penner and…

March 11, 2009 @ 1:36pm

Nishnawbe Aski Nation Grand Chief Stan Beardy is voicing his outrage towards the proposed changes to the Navigable Waterways Protection Act (NWPA). His fear is that these changes will threaten First Nations who have relied upon navigable waterways to sustain their livelihood for centuries. In June 2008, SCOTIC (Standing Committee…

February 26, 2009 @ 7:54am

Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians and Leona Aglukkaq, Minister of Health, have announced upcoming engagement sessions on the development of a proposed legislative framework for drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities to begin in February 2009.…

January 20, 2009 @ 12:17pm