CHEMAINUS, BC, June 18, 2014 /CNW/ - Our Government is focused on
ensuring the same access to clean drinking water on-reserve as is
available to other Canadians. Today, the Honourable Bernard Valcourt,
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, extended his
congratulations to the Halalt and Penelakut First Nations on the
opening of the newly upgraded Halalt Community Waterworks system. The
new infrastructure will allow both First Nation communities to better
serve their members with clean, safe drinking water.
The Government of Canada invested $2.7 million to support this project,
which includes a new water treatment facility and improved
infrastructure. The Halalt Community Waterworks system will now supply
water to 41 homes on the Halalt First Nation's Halalt Indian Reserve
no. 2 and 21 homes on the neighbouring Penelakut First Nation's Tsussie
Indian Reserve no. 6.
Across Canada, new investments for water and wastewater build on our
actions to support First Nations and to encourage strong and healthy
communities. Previous actions include the passage of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. Investments will continue to support our comprehensive place founded
on four pillars: enhanced capacity building and operator training;
enforceable standards and protocols; infrastructure investments; and
the protection of public health.
The Halalt First Nation is located 70 kilometres north of Victoria,
British Columbia on Vancouver Island.
In June 2013, Canada passed the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act - is resulting in federal regulations for access to safe drinking
water, effective treatment of wastewater and the protection of sources
of drinking water on First Nation lands.
The Government of Canada is continuing to invest in water and wastewater
systems on reserve. Budget 2014 committed $323.4 million over two years
through the First Nation Water and Wastewater Action Plan.
"Our Government continues to take action so that First Nations have
access to safe and reliable drinking water in their communities, like
other Canadians. I am pleased that our Government has supported the
Halalt First Nation, and I congratulate them on the opening of their
new water system."
The Honourable Bernard Valcourt
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
"Halalt First Nation is happy to have a new fully-automated water
system. We are looking forward to moving to the next phase of capital
works for our First Nation by installing new sewage infrastructure,
which is critical to our community's overall clean water management
Chief James Thomas
Halalt First Nation
Backgrounder: Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
Frequently Asked Questions - Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act
Halalt First Nation: http://halalt.org/
Halalt First Nation Community Profile Penelatuk First Nation Community Profile
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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