The federal government has announced an investment of just under $100,000 towards the community of Mishkeegogamang Ojibway Nation. The remote first nation, otherwise known as New Osnaburgh and located north of Sioux Lookout, will use the funds to strengthen their clean water system.

“Water and wastewater treatment facilities play an important role in maintaining healthy communities and a higher quality of life,” said Kenora MP Bob Nault, who made the announcement on behalf of Francois-Phillipe Champagne, Minister of Infrastructure and Communities.

“Projects such as upgrading the backup power supply for the water treatment plant in Mishkeegogamang First Nation, will help to improve the safety and quality of water for those living in the community.”

The federal government is investing up to 50 per cent of funding for this project—$96,000. As part of the Government of Canada’s long-term plan, more than $2.8 billion will be invested in green infrastructure projects throughout Ontario.

I would like to congratulate Chief David Masakeyash and council on their dedication in securing this funding, and for their ongoing dedication to the people of Mishkeegogamang First Nation,” concluded Nault. “Investments such as this will result in cleaner and safer water for people to drink and the protection of our waterways.”

The federal government continues to say that they will end all long-term drinking water advisories on public systems on reserves by March of 2021. Seventy-eight long-term drinking water advisories have now been lifted from public water systems on reserve since November 2015. 62 communities remain on the waiting list.

Budget 2016 provided $1.8 billion over five years toward water and wastewater infrastructure. These investments have supported 463 water and wastewater projects in 587 First Nations communities, serving 444,000 people.  

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