Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada

July 04, 2011 14:30 ET

Minister Duncan and Parliamentary Secretary Rickford Announce Major Infrastructure Work for the Expansion of the Uashat Reserve

UASHAT, QUEBEC--(Marketwire - July 4, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, along with Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Duncan, today announced major infrastructure work for the expansion of the Uashat reserve in the community of Uashat-Maliotenam, Quebec. This announcement takes place as part of a tour of the Innu communities of the Côte-Nord region.

"I am very happy to be here on behalf of our government," said Minister Duncan. "This infrastructure project will not only improve the living conditions of its members, but will create new jobs and stimulate economic growth in this rapidly expanding community."

"This work will enable the community to meet its members' growing housing needs," added the Honourable Greg Rickford, Member of Parliament for Kenora and Parliamentary Secretary to Minister Duncan. "The improved water and sewer systems will provide quality water services essential to the health and well-being of the community's residents."

Under this project, a bridge and a new wastewater pumping station will be constructed. The new wastewater pumping station will serve a future residential sector and connect the community's water supply and sewer systems to those of the City of Sept-Îles.

"My Council joins me in celebrating this accomplishment, which is the result of several years of work with our partners in both the federal government and the municipality of Sept-Îles," said Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam's Innu Chief, Georges-Ernest Grégoire. "The expansion of the Uashat reserve's territory is one more measure taken by my administration to improve social and economic conditions in our community. This project will generate jobs and economic wealth for years to come."

The total cost of this project is $8.9 million. The First Nation has invested $700,000 in the project, while the Government of Canada has invested $3.3 million under the First Nations Infrastructure Fund (FNIF) and an additional $4.8 million through its regular capital funding.

The purpose of the FNIF is to improve the environment and quality of life in First Nation communities by building public infrastructure and modernizing existing facilities. This program also finances solid waste management and projects associated with roads, bridges, energy systems, connectivity and community planning and development.

The community of Uashat-Maliotenam has 3,805 members, 3,107 of whom live on reserve. The Uashat reserve is located on the western outskirts of Sept-Îles, and the Maliotenam reserve is located 16 kilometres east of the town.

Profile of the Uashat Mak Mani-Utenam First Nation

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