The Assembly of First Nations and the Government of Canada jointly announce money to improve roads, bridges, and solid waste management



    OTTAWA, Oct. 3 /CNW Telbec/ - The National Chief of the Assembly of First
Nations acknowledges that the Government of Canada has set aside $131 million
to improve infrastructure in First Nations Communities but recognizes that
these funds are part of a re-allocation of funds announced almost two years
ago.
    "Tragically, people in First Nations communities suffer the most in
Canada from poor infrastructure. I hope some of this funding will make a
difference, and result in real structural change to sustain and develop our
communities," National Chief Phil Fontaine said. "First Nations are recognized
as the youngest and fastest growing segment of the Canadian population which
is putting pressure on our infrastructure.
    The money will help improve roads and bridges and solid waste management.
It will also help make infrastructure in First Nations communities more energy
efficient. Some of the money will help First Nations leaders to develop the
skills they need to maintain and plan future infrastructure projects. While
this planning piece is essential to the development of effective
infrastructure, the amount of money currently available will not address all
First Nations communities' needs and issues across the country.
    "We want this money to ultimately help First Nations build healthy,
sustainable communities," said National Chief Phil Fontaine. "First Nations
deserve the same quality of life as other Canadians and improvements to
infrastructure in our communities are an essential element that is needed."

    The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing
First Nations citizens in Canada.




For further information:

For further information: Joan McEwen, Director of Communications, (613)
241-1790 (242), cell (613) 324-3329, jmcewen@afn.ca; Nancy Pine,
Communications Advisor - Office of the National Chief, (613) 241-6789 ext 243,
cell (613) 298-6382, npine@afn.ca; Josee Bellemare, Bilingual Communications
Officer, (613) 241-6789 ext. 336, cell (613) 327-6331, jbellemare@afn.ca


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