BUCTOUCHE FIRST NATION, NB, May 20, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard
Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development today
congratulated the Buctouche First Nation in eastern New Brunswick on
completing its water supply system upgrades. The upgrades will allow
the First Nation to better serve the community's 75 members with clean
safe drinking water.
The Government of Canada invested over $2.3 million over four years in
the project which includes a feasibility study, the design and
installation of a water transmission line, construction of a booster
station, a new pump house and a water storage tank.
Between 2006 and 2014, the Government of Canada will have invested
approximately $3 billion to support First Nation communities in
managing their water and wastewater infrastructure.These expenditures
are part of a comprehensive long-term plan to improve drinking water
and wastewater systems on First Nation lands founded on four pillars:
enhanced capacity building and operator training; enforceable standards
and protocols; infrastructure investments; and protection of public
Economic Action Plan 2014 commits $323.4 million to improve water and
wastewater infrastructure on First Nation communities.
In June 2013, Canada secured the passage of The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act - which will enable safe on-reserve drinking water and wastewater
treatment by developing much needed regulations .
The Government of Canada is now working with First Nations to develop
regulations and standards on a region-by-region basis.
"First Nations, like all Canadians, should have access to safe, clean
drinking water, and thanks to the hard work of everyone involved in
this project, the residents of Buctouche First Nation will be better
served with clean, safe drinking water. Canada's participation in this
project is a direct result of our commitment to taking concrete steps
to create the conditions for stronger, healthier, more self-sufficient
Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"Our community has been affected on a number of occasions by water
quality issues, very pleased that these long-awaited upgrades to our
system are completed and will enable us to provide our community
members with safe, clean drinking water."
Chief Ann Mary Simon
Buctouche First Nation
SOURCE: Government of Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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