November 12, 2014 - Kamloops, British Columbia - Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
On behalf of Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, Cathy McLeod, Member of Parliament for Kamloops–Thompson–Cariboo, today celebrated the completion of upgraded water systems for the Whispering Pines/Clinton and Upper Nicola Indian Bands.
This investment of over $5 million from the Government of Canada has provided upgrades to the water and wastewater infrastructure for both First Nation reserves. Each community received new water wells and reservoirs, distribution and supply lines, and a pump house and treatment system.
Between 2006 and 2014, the Government of Canada has invested approximately $3 billion to support First Nation communities in managing their water and wastewater infrastructure. Previous actions include the passage of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act, which enables the government to work with First Nations to develop regulations that will ensure First Nations have the same access to safe, clean drinking water in their communities. These investments are part of a comprehensive long-term plan to improve drinking water and wastewater systems on reserve, founded on four pillars: enhanced capacity building and operator training; enforceable standards and protocols; infrastructure investments; and protection of public health.
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