Government Commitments: Drinking Water Advisories

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March 1, 2024

First Nations who’ve gone years without clean drinking water hope compensation signals a ‘new dawn’

As claims process comes to a close, legal commitments remain to ensure clean drinking water for years to come CBC News: With the deadline just a week away, the law firm representing victims of unsafe drinking water in First Nation communities is urging those who qualify to file their claims for long-awaited compensation.  After a years-long...

March 1, 2024

Duncan’s First Nation celebrates the opening of a new water treatment plant

NationTalk: Indigenous Services Canada – Duncan’s First Nation, a close-knit community in northern Alberta, recently celebrated the opening of their new water treatment plant, ensuring safe, clean, and reliable drinking water for the community now and for future generations. This collaborative project between Duncan’s First Nation and Indigenous Services Canada replaces the community’s outdated water...

February 8, 2024

Conservative MP walks back comments on First Nations water plants amid criticism

The Globe and Mail: The Canadian Press – After drawing criticism earlier this week for saying that some First Nations are burning down water treatment plants because of the federal Liberal government, a Conservative MP is now walking back his comments. Saskatchewan MP Kevin Waugh made the assertion in the House of Commons on Monday...

December 20, 2023

Miawpukek First Nation improving water system to provide clean water to entire community

NationTalk: Indigenous Services Canada – Miawpukek First Nation is embarking on a significant water system upgrade to ensure sustained access to safe and clean drinking water in the community. The installation of booster pumps and upgrades to the water treatment plant will ensure ample water pressure across the entire community. Situated at the mouth of...

December 11, 2023

Feds introduce bill to set drinking water standards in First Nations

Chief of community under a 28-year boil-water advisory says he wasn’t consulted CBC News: The federal government’s proposed new bill to set drinking water standards in First Nations is being met with mixed reactions.  Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu introduced Bill C-61 on Monday in the House of Commons. The proposed law is intended to protect...

December 10, 2023

Indigenous services minister to table First Nations water bill as early as Monday

The Globe and Mail: The Canadian Press – Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu is expected to table much-anticipated legislation to improve water quality in First Nations communities as early as Monday. The bill comes more than a year after Canada repealed previous legislation on safe drinking water for First Nations, and two years after a...

November 24, 2023

New federal water legislation aims to do better on Indigenous rights

APTN News: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a new version of the Canada Water Act – and one of the improvements, he says, will be in the area of Indigenous rights. What that might mean for Indigenous people and communities is the focus of APTN Investigates: Liquid Law. Earlier this year at the fork of the...

September 29, 2023

Ottawa to table Indigenous clean water bill this fall

Minister calls upcoming law ‘closest to co-development that we’ve come’ Toronto Star: Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu says she hopes to table a piece of legislation this fall she says is the closest the federal government has come to codeveloping law with First Nations. “It’s really, to me, very important that it reflects the input...

July 21, 2023

Manitoba Government Commits Additional $1.5 Million for Safe Drinking Water in Northern Affairs Communities

NationTalk: The Manitoba government continues to take concrete action to improve the safety of drinking water in Northern Affairs communities, Indigenous Reconciliation and Northern Relations Minister Eileen Clarke announced today. “Access to safe drinking water is a fundamental human right and a prerequisite for good personal and public health,” said Clarke. “Remote northern communities face...

May 23, 2023

Ottawa pledges $12M to upgrade water services for Sioux Valley Dakota Nation

Minister Marc Miller and chief announce new waste water treatment plant for southwestern Manitoba First Nation CBC News: A southwestern Manitoba First Nation is using $12 million in federal funding to ensure on-reserve members have access to potable water for generations to come. Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations Marc Miller was in Sioux Valley Dakota Nation,...

March 23, 2023

Feds kick in $43 million to supply clean drinking water for Oneida Nation of the Thames

Money will fund connection to Lake Huron water system for potable water, fire protection CBC News: Oneida Nation of the Thames, an Indigenous community near London, Ont., that has been on a boil water advisory since 2019, has secured $43 million in federal funding to connect to a municipal water supply.  State of emergency declared amid...

March 2, 2023

Consultation draft shared: Next steps underway toward proposed new First Nations drinking water and wastewater legislation

Indigenous Services Canada – First Nations have long called for legislative reform on safe drinking water to meet their needs and reflect their voices. Since 2018, the Government of Canada has been engaging First Nations on legislative reforms to First Nations safe drinking water. The Government of Canada is committed to introducing new legislation following...

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