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Harper Government Congratulates Liard First Nation on Grand Opening of New Water Treatment Plant in Community

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LIARD FIRST NATION, YUKON (August 2, 2013) – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated Liard First Nation, on the grand opening of the community’s new water treatment plant.

“First Nations, like all Canadians, should have access to safe, clean drinking water, and thanks to the hard work and the commitment of everyone involved in this project, the residents of Liard First Nation can now access clean drinking water from a new system located in their own community,” said Minister Valcourt. “Canada’s participation in this project is a direct result of our commitment to taking concrete steps to create the conditions for stronger, healthier, more self-sufficient First Nation communities.”

The facility at Liard First Nation was funded by Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and is designed to provide a safe and reliable source of water for everyone in the community. Previously, homes in the community required water to be delivered. The project included building wells, the water treatment facility, a truck bay garage and filling station, and emergency power supply.

“Our new water treatment plant is an investment in the health of our community to improve the quality of life of Liard First Nation members,” said Chief Liard McMillan. “This is valuable infrastructure that brings skills and knowledge to our community and benefits the long-term well-being of children, elders and families. Thank you to everyone who worked together on this important project.”

The plant delivers potable drinking water that meets the Canadian Drinking Water Guidelines and AANDC Water Protocols. Funding is provided through AANDC under the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan.

To learn more about Liard First Nation, view the community profile.

Backgrounder: A new water treatment plant for Liard First Nation

For more information, please contact:

Minister’s Office
Erica Meekes
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt
819-997-0002
Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern
Development Canada
819-953-1160
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