Today, I am in Shoal Lake 40 to witness the lifting of 7 Long Term Water Advisories (LTDWA). The people of Shoal Lake 40 have fought hard for this day. But it is also unacceptable in Canada that communities such as Neskantaga First Nation continue to be under a LTDWA. #cdnpoli
There is no excuse in a country such as ours that communities continue to suffer from lack of clean & potable water. Canadians and Indigenous Peoples living in Canada deserve to know exactly what the Federal Government is doing and will do to support communities lift their LTDWA.
In the case of Neskantaga First Nation, under this government, a new $16 million water system was built. As part of the repatriation of the community in December, the plant was commissioned and is producing clean water.
We have also committed to $4.4 million to upgrade the distribution system, so key to getting clean water into homes. This is in addition to a $4.1 million commitment to repair and address current wastewater system problems.
In addition, we have significantly increased operation and maintenance budgets to close to $600,000 this year, and committed to support initiatives to make sure community training for water operators is properly supported.
It should not be a surprise to anyone that after 26 years of being subject to a LTDWA, Neskantaga wants to make sure we are a partner in ensuring this never happens again. We will respect their timeline for lifting their LTDWA.
Finally, over a month ago, we signed a historic $8 billion agreement in principle to compensate First Nations who have been subject to a LTDWA, in some cases for decades.
This agreement not only compensates those who have suffered harm, including the people of Neskantaga, but also commits to $6 billion in investments going forward so this does not happen again. This agreement will give certainty for First Nations that we will be there with them.
These are the facts. Canadians and Indigenous Peoples living in Canada deserve specifics from any party wanting to form government on September 20th.

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