Harper Government congratulates Buctouche First Nation on the opening of its new water treatment plant

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 health.

Quick Facts

  • 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.

Quotes

"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 communities."

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

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SOURCE: Government of Canada

For further information:

Erica Meekes
Press Secretary
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
819-997-0002

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
819-953-1160

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