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Government Of Canada Partners With Northwestern Ontario First Nation To Improve Water System

by NationTalk on September 9, 2009403 Views

KINGFISHER LAKE FIRST NATION, ONTARIO – Sept. 9, 2009 – Member of Parliament for Kenora Greg Rickford, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians, congratulated Kingfisher Lake First Nation on the official opening of its new water treatment plant.”Canada is proud to be a partner with Kingfisher Lake First Nation in the construction of the community’s new water treatment plant” said Mr. Rickford. “With this investment, Kingfisher Lake will have access to clean water, essential for the health, safety, and quality of life of the community members.”

“I’m pleased with the new water treatment plant,” said Kingfisher Lake Chief James Mamakwa. “This expansion will ensure the availability of water, now, and for future generations as our community continues to grow and prosper.”

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada provided Kingfisher Lake First Nation with
$8.3 million for the new plant. The First Nation managed planning, design, construction and commissioning of the facility. Changes to operations and processes were also implemented. The new facility currently has excess capacity which will enable it to meet future water demands.

Providing reliable drinking water to residents of First Nations communities is a priority for the Government of Canada. Since 2006, the number of Ontario First Nations with high risk water systems has been reduced by almost 50 per cent.

Decisive action is being taken on the new measures identified under the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan that was announced in March 2006. For highlights on the progress made under the plan, go to:

http://www.ainc-inac.gc.ca/enr/wtr/pubs/prpf/pad09/pad09-eng.asp#chp1

The Kingfisher Lake First Nation, located approximately 350 kilometres northeast of Sioux Lookout, Ontario, has approximately 490 registered members, 460 of whom live on reserve. The community is accessible year-round by air, and by winter road during the coldest winter months.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.inac.gc.ca

For more information, please contact

Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
Minister’s Office
Press Secretary
819-997-0002

or

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
Media Relations
819-953-1160

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