Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation in Manitoba successfully ends long-term advisory
OTTAWA, Dec. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - Everyone in Canada should have access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. Our government remains steadfast in our commitment – to end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021.
Today, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, was pleased to share progress on this commitment, with the lifting of the long-term drinking water advisory in Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation.
The government of Canada invested approximately $170,000 for pumps, piping, pressure tanks, power panel and chlorinator to improve water and wastewater infrastructure in the community.
Upon Indigenous Services Canada's recommendation, Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation lifted a long-term drinking water advisory on December 21, 2018. The advisory had been in effect since July 7, 2016.
"Every Canadian deserves access to clean drinking water, and I would like to commend the people of Kinonjeoshtegon First Nation for their perseverance while this advisory remained in place. I am pleased to see this progress on our commitment to remove all long term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserve by March 2021."
The Honourable Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services
- Budget 2016 provides $1.8 billion over five years to significantly improve on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure, ensure proper facility operation, maintenance, and support training of water system operations. Budget 2016 also included $141.7 million over five years in new funding to Health Canada to improve drinking water monitoring and testing on reserve.
- Committing investments over five years allows for long-term planning to improve on-reserve water and wastewater systems.
- Between November 2015 and December 2017, 32 long-term DWAs were lifted on public water systems financially supported by Indigenous Services Canada through the work done in partnership with First Nation communities and partners. Twenty-two drinking water advisories were added during that same time. Indigenous Services Canada is working to address both at-risk and long-term drinking water advisories affecting public systems financially supported by the Department.
- There are currently 67 long-term drinking water advisories affecting public systems that receive financial support from Indigenous Services Canada.
- Safe drinking water for First Nation communities
- Budget 2016: A Better Future for Indigenous Peoples
- Budget 2017
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SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
For further information: Andrew MacKendrick, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott, 819-956-5372; Media Relations, Department of Indigenous Services Canada, 819-953-1160