Indigenous Success Stories

Drinking Water Advisories

Signing of Framework Agreement

June 23, 2020

The Chronicle Herald – Signing of a framework agreement with Government of Canada for an Indigenous-led water authority as a first in Canada and a way forward to further reconciliation as an “important step towards the full autonomous First Nations-led operation of water and wastewater services for 15 communities serving approximately 4,500 homes and businesses.”

The Atlantic First Nations Water Authority that has been in the works for more than a decade “estimating an annual operating cost of $11 million and capital costs of more than $230 million over a 25-year period” Immediately joining the authority on its journey are 15 First Nations, nine from Nova Scotia, four from New Brunswick and two from Prince Edward Island.

“The utility model is scalable, it can easily grow to include all 33 First Nations communities in Atlantic Canada,” Yates said. Carl Yates, the former, long-time general manager of Halifax Water, is the interim chief executive officer of the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority.