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Minister Duncan Congratulates Dene Tha’ First Nation on Opening of State-Of-The-Art Water Treatment Plant in Alberta

 Dene Tha’ First Nation, Alberta – May 20, 2011 – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated the Dene Tha’ First Nation on the grand opening of its new water treatment plant.

“Our Government is committed to ensuring that water and wastewater systems in First Nation communities are effective and that First Nations have access to the same quality of water as other Canadians,” said Minister Duncan. “With this investment, residents in the Dene Tha’ community of Chateh will have access to clean drinking water, which is essential for health, safety and quality of life.”Completed ahead of schedule and on budget, this project was made possible thanks to an investment of $12 million under Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP).

“Through CEAP, our government has worked in partnership with First Nations to ensure investments in community infrastructure provide the necessary resources for long-term sustainability,” said Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River. “This new water treatment plant will provide a lasting benefit for the Dene Tha’ First Nation by supporting them in managing drinking water in their community.”

The water treatment plant has advanced water filtering technology called membrane filtration and ultraviolet technology that will ensure the system meets the latest water quality protocols. It was designed by ISL Engineering and Land Services and built by SKMG Construction, with local labour and equipment provided by the First Nation.

“On behalf of the Dene Tha’ First Nation, in particular the residents of Chateh, the council and staff, I am pleased with the successful completion of the new water treatment plant,” said Chief James Ahnassay. “The community and its visitors will now enjoy and benefit from the healthy clean water that the facility will provide daily using state-of-the-art treatment technology. Our sincere gratitude goes to the Government of Canada, ISL Engineering Group, SKMG Construction, the Dene Tha’ Governance and Management team, the community of Chateh and all those who have provided their time and effort to this project.”

By the end of 2013, the Government of Canada will have invested a total of $2.5 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure for First Nation communities since 2006. These investments have been made through the Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program, First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP), and Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP).

Dene Tha’ First Nation, situated 812 kilometres northwest of Edmonton, has an on-reserve population of 1,900 in three communities: Bushe River, Meander River and Chateh, the location of the plant.

Contact Information

Minister’s Office
Michele-Jamali Paquette
Press Secretary
Office of the Honourable John Duncan
(819) 997-0002

Media Relations
(819) 953-1160