Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

January 15, 2010 12:00 ET

Moose Deer Point First Nation to Benefit From New Water Treatment Plant

MOOSE DEER POINT FIRST NATION, MACTIER, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - Jan. 15, 2010) - Moose Deer Point First Nation will benefit from the construction of a new water system, thanks to Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The start of construction was celebrated today by the Honourable Tony Clement, Member of Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka, Minister of Industry and Minister responsible for FedNor, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Metis and Non-Status Indians.

"Today's investment will provide essential water services, ensuring the health and safety of over 200 Moose Deer Point First Nation residents," said Minister Clement. "This project is another important step towards improving the quality of water for First Nations."

Moose Deer Point Chief Barron King echoed Minister Clement's remarks. "We are excited to experience the beginning of what is a good news story in our First Nation. We are grateful for the help and support we have received to date from everyone involved on this project. Our goal is to build infrastructure that will provide safe and reliable water for our future generations."

The Moose Deer Point First Nation recently awarded the project's construction contract to Leo Alarie and Sons Ltd., a subsidiary of Toronto-based Aecon Buildings Inc.

The Government of Canada provided Moose Deer Point First Nation with $20 million in funding through the $1.4 billion investment for Aboriginal peoples under Canada's Economic Action Plan. Project work will include the construction of a new water treatment plant, as well as repairs to the current infrastructure. The water treatment plant, elevated reservoir and distribution system will connect three parcels of land, which are separated by a wildlife nature reserve, providing safe, potable water to residents. Construction will be complete by spring 2011.

The Government of Canada is investing in projects that will provide lasting, sustainable benefits for First Nation communities. The government has made significant progress in improving water conditions on reserves across Canada. For example, in 2006, there were 193 high risk water systems. Today, this number has been significantly reduced to 48 systems. In addition, 21 communities were identified as priorities. These communities had both a high-risk drinking water system and a drinking water advisory. Today, there are only four communities on that list.

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Contact Information

  • Office of the Honourable Chuck Strahl
    Press Secretary
    Michelle Yao
    819-997-0002
    or
    Media Relations
    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
    819-953-1160