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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 The bill comes more than a year after Canada repealed previous legislation on safe drinking water for First Nations, and two years after a...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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