New plant means reliable access to safe potable water at Tallcree South
TALLCREE FIRST NATION, AB, June 26, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard
Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Canada, extends his congratulations to the Tallcree First Nation on the
completion of the Tallcree South Reserve water treatment plant. The
Government of Canada remains committed to ensuring that First Nation's
have the same access to safe and clean water in their communities as
all Canadians have. This new facility will provide access to drinking
water for residents of Tallcree First Nation.
The Government of Canada invested approximately $10 million over four
years in this project, which will expand the water treatment facility,
and significantly improve the infrastructure of the existing plant.
Previous actions by our Government to improve First Nations' water and
wastewater infrastructure include the recent passage of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act. Economic Action 2014 also delivers on our commitment to address this
issue by extending the First Nation Water and Wastewater Action Plan
with further investments of $323.4 million over the next two years.
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.
The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, which came into force November 1, 2013, allows the Government of
Canada to work with First Nations to develop regulations to ensure safe
drinking water, the effective treatment of wastewater, and the
protection of sources of drinking water.
Regulations will be developed on a region by region basis with First
Nations and other stakeholders.
South Tallcree Reserve is a community located in northern Alberta,
approximately 660 km northwest of Edmonton. The community is
administered by Tallcree First Nation and consists of approximately 300
"Our Government continues to support improvements to water and
wastewater systems on-reserve across Canada, and the remote residents
at Tallcree South Reserve will also benefit from a facility that
provides their community with the same access to safe and clean water
that other Canadians enjoy. Through these types of investments, Canada
continues in its commitment to improve the health and quality of life
in First Nation communities."
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"Since becoming the Member of Parliament for Peace River in 2006, I have
come to know, understand and appreciate the strength of our First
Nation partners. I can clearly see the leadership, determination and
pride flowing from the Chief and Band Council in the opening of a new
water treatment plant, which is a vital and constructive step in
protecting the health and safety of the residents of Tallcree First
Nation today and into the future."
Member of Parliament for Peace River
"We are proud to be able to provide safe drinking water to our people of
South Tallcree. We are grateful for the cooperation of the Government
of Canada, who were able to provide the funding and expertise for this
project. It demonstrates AANDC's commitment to the safety and
well-being of my Nation and its people. This project afforded economic
opportunities and employment for our workforce and has provided other
opportunities for the Nation to improve conditions for our Band
members. We look forward to a continuing partnership with AANDC and the
Government of Canada in our shared commitment to improving conditions
and services in Tallcree."
Chief Rupert Meneen
Tallcree First Nation
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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