Harper Government Invests in Water Treatment Facility for Toquaht Nation in British Columbia
UCLUELET, BC, July 20, 2013 /CNW/ - On behalf of the Honourable Bernard
Valcourt, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development,
James Lunney, Member of Parliament for Nanaimo-Alberni, today joined
citizens of the Toquaht Nation to celebrate the opening of the new
water treatment facility located in Toquaht Nation's community of
"Our Government is committed to working in partnership with First
Nations to ensure that communities have access to safe, clean
drinking," said James Lunney, MP for Nanaimo-Alberni. "By working
closely with the Toquaht Nation to complete this project, we are taking
action to support and develop strong and healthy First Nation
The Government of Canada invested $2.1 million in this project in total,
$1.5 million of which was funded through the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan and departmental infrastructure funding. The water system upgrade
includes a slow sand filtration and chlorination system. This project
also allowed for the training and hiring of three Toquaht citizens to
maintain the water treatment facility and distribution system.
"Water, an important staple of life that is taken for granted by so
many, has come back to our community," said Ha'wilth (Chief) Anne Mack.
"We can provide this basic need to our citizens once again, and make
plans to expand our community and economic opportunities. We have
decided to call this important facility ƛuułsituʔap in the Nuu-chah-nulth language, which translated means 'keeping the
water clean.' This water treatment facility will provide an ongoing
source of clean water to sustain and support healthy generations of
Toquaht people long into the future."
Between 2006 and 2014, the Government of Canada will have invested
approximately $3 billion to support First Nation communities in
managing their water and wastewater infrastructure and in related
The Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act - which will enable safe on reserve drinking water and wastewater
treatment by developing much needed regulatory
Safeguards - received Royal Assent in June. The Government of Canada will now work with First Nations to
develop regulations and standards on a region-by-region basis.
The Toquaht Nation is a First Nation located on the west coast of Vancouver Island,
British Columbia. To learn more about Toquaht Nation, view the community profile.
SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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