For the first time in 14 years, the residents of Slate Falls First Nation can now drink water from their taps. – Nault
(OTTAWA) February 13, 2018 – The Honourable Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), congratulates Slate Falls First Nation on their drinking water milestone:
“For the first time in 14 years, the residents of Slate Falls First Nation can now drink water from their taps,” stated Nault. “While many Canadians take this simple act for granted, it is most definitely a cause for celebration as the lives of each community member will be positively impacted.”
The community, under long-term drinking water advisories (LTDWA) since 2004, had their 11 advisories lifted on February 5, 2018 after final testing was completed earlier this year.
Indigenous Services Canada invested more than $11.6 million for the new water treatment plant that will provide clean, dependable drinking water to all residents, the Bimaychikamah Elementary School, and other community buildings including the health centre, nurses’ residence, and the First Nation’s administration building. The water investments also enhance the community’s fire protection capacity through the installation of additional fire hydrants and pumps.
“I look forward to sharing in the excitement during my next visit to Slate Falls First Nation,” concluded Nault. “My congratulations go out to Chief Lorraine Crane, her council, and the community. Their determination, hard work, and perseverance, played a crucial role in ensuring the success of this project.”
- Slate Falls Nation is an Ojibwe First Nation. The community is located approximately 120 km north of Sioux Lookout and is accessible by plane and an all-season road.
- Budget 2016 provides $1.8 billion over five years to significantly improve on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure, ensure proper facility operation and maintenance, and support the training of water system operators. This is in addition to $141.7 million over five years 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.
- On January 23, 2018, Minister Jane Philpott announced the Government is expanding its efforts to end long-term drinking water advisories by addressing an additional 24 long-term drinking water advisories on systems that had not previously received federal support.
- Since November 2015, 52 long-term drinking water advisories have been lifted on public water systems financially supported by the Government of Canada, bringing the total number of long-term drinking water advisories in effect on public drinking water systems on reserve to 81. Twenty-eight drinking water advisories were added during that same time.
- Ending long-term drinking water advisories in First Nation communities
- Budget 2016: A Better Future for Indigenous Peoples
- Budget 2017
- Backgrounder – Update on the Government of Canada’s Commitment to Clean Drinking Water on Public Systems on Reserve
To arrange an interview with the Hon. Bob Nault, please contact:
Ottawa office: Kenora office:
Julian Morelli Ryan Young
(613) 996-1161 (807) 468-2170