The weeks of December 6-12 continued to see an alarming increase in the number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities, related to the second wave of the pandemic, with 1,144 new cases reported accordingly as of December 17.
Today, the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte (MBQ) and the Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced funding to support the last phase of the community’s multi-phase project to improve access to safe drinking water for the community.
Today, the Government of Canada announced support for site development of a new commercial project on Metepenagiag First Nation’s urban reserve in Moncton (New Brunswick). The project will provide water and wastewater infrastructure, create jobs, and provide economic opportunities for the community and city.
The week of November 22-28 continued to see an alarming increase in the number of newly reported cases of COVID-19 in First Nations communities related to the second wave of the pandemic, with 626 new cases reported as of December 3.
As we work towards a more inclusive Canada, we must also make sure that basic needs are met. However, this is not always the case when it comes to the lived reality in Indigenous communities today. While most Canadians have access to clean and reliable drinking water, many First Nation communities still face pressing water issues; something that has been further exacerbated by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Everyone in Canada should have access to safe, clean, and reliable drinking water. The Government of Canada and First Nations communities are working in partnership to improve water infrastructure on reserves and support access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water.
Please be advised that Christiane Fox, Deputy Minister of Indigenous Services, and Chad Westmacott, Director General of the Community Infrastructure Branch, will hold a technical briefing under embargo to provide information on additional funds to improve access to safe drinking water on reserves.