Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

July 22, 2011 14:00 ET

Government of Canada Congratulates Moose Deer Point First Nation on the Grand Opening of Their New Water Treatment Plant

MOOSE DEER POINT, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - July 22, 2011) - Jay Aspin, Member of Parliament for Nipissing-Timiskaming (Ontario), on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated Chief Barron Frank King and Moose Deer Point First Nation on the opening of a new water treatment plant in the community.

"Supporting access to clean and safe drinking water in First Nation communities is a priority for our government," said Jay Aspin. "Working in partnership with Moose Deer Point First Nation helped make this water treatment plant a reality and I would like to recognize the hard work and dedication of the Chief and the community."

"Our new water treatment plant is an investment in the health of our community," said Chief King. "Safe, clean drinking water is a necessity of life, that our membership is now guaranteed."

The new water supply system features an intake and a wet well located in the Twelve Mile Bay section of the reserve. It also includes a slow sand filtration treatment system allowing water production that meets the Guidelines for Canadian Drinking Water Quality. The Government of Canada contributed $18 million to the water treatment plant under Canada's Economic Action Plan and First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan.

"As we have done for the past five years, we are strongly committed to working with our First Nation partners," said the Honourable Tony Clement, Minister for FedNor and MP for Parry Sound-Muskoka. "This new water treatment plant is another concrete example of our government's commitment to helping improve quality of life for our First Nation peoples."

By the end of 2013, the Government of Canada will have invested approximately $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 and Canada's Economic Action Plan.

The community of Moose Deer Point First Nation has 450 members, 149 of whom live on reserve. It is located approximately 50 km south of Parry Sound on the east shoreline of Georgian Bay. The reserve is divided into three distinct land masses: Gordon Bay, Isaac Bay and King Bay.

This release is also available on the Internet at www.aandc.gc.ca

Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michelle Yao
    Director of Communications
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    (819) 997-0002

    Media Relations
    Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
    (819) 953-1160