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Harper Government Supports Important Upgrades to Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Water Treatment Plant

OTTAWA, ONTARIO (December 20, 2013) – The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today is pleased to support interim upgrades to the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation water treatment plant.

“First Nations should have the same access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water enjoyed by all Canadians. Thanks to the hard work and the commitment of everyone involved in this project, the Chippewas of the Thames First Nation can make necessary improvements to its water treatment facility to meet community needs,” said Minister Valcourt. “Canada’s participation in this project is a direct result of our commitment to working with local leadership to create the conditions for stronger, healthier, more self-sufficient First Nation communities.”

The First Nation will soon move forward in awarding a contract to begin the important work of upgrading Chippewas of the Thames First Nation water treatment facility. Additional upgrades will include installing a pre-treatment system that will remove the manganese and/or iron. Upon completion, the upgrades will bring the plant up to provincial standards. The work is expected to go to tender soon and to be completed by late 2014. The interim upgrades are being funded by the Government and will be designed to provide a safe and reliable source of water for residents in the community.

“We would like to thank Canada for working with us on this interim upgrade, which will help us move toward a final solution using the latest advancements in water treatment technology,” says Chippewas of the Thames First Nation Chief Joe Miskokomon.

AANDC has also provided support to do a feasibility study for a new water treatment plant to be considered as part of future community improvements.

The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act,

which received Royal Assent earlier this year, will enable safe on-reserve drinking water and wastewater treatment by developing much needed regulatory safeguards.

To learn more about Chippewas of the Thames First Nation, view the community profile.

For more information, please contact:
Minister’s Office
Erica Meekes
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable Bernard Valcourt

Media Relations
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada