Obashkaandagaang First Nations partners with Canada to bring clean and safe drinking water to community residents
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Ottawa, July 12 (Canadian): Canada is partnering with First Nations to improve water infrastructure and support access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water in First Nations communities, media reports said.
"Water is sacred to our people...every living part of creation...that we are building a new water treatment plant...development of our community and addressing our priorities as a Nation," said Marilyn Sinclair, chief of Obashkaandagaang -- located 15 kilometres southwest of Kenora, Ontario.
An announcement was made yesterday regarding upcoming design phase for a new water treatment system in the community by Bob Nault, Member of Parliament for Kenora along with Sinclair, on behalf of Seamus O'Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services.
Over $8 million for the design and construction of the project would be provided by the Indigenous Services Canada (ISC). After the completion of the project, two long-term drinking water advisories would be eliminated by the new water treatment system to restore clean and safe drinking water to current and future residents in the community.
Seamus O'Regan. Image credit: Wikipedia
Besides a new water treatment plant, a new water main distribution system, and 11 decentralized systems and a plan to hire a consultant for the design phase of the project.
"The Government of Canada...look forward to partnering with Obashkaandagaang...will also bring us one step closer to eliminating all long-term drinking water advisories in First Nations communities," said O'Regan.
"Clean and safe drinking water is vital to quality of life, especially for residents of First Nations communities in northern Ontario," said Bob Nault.