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17-Year-long Drinking Water Advisory Ends On Lac Seul First Nation

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Lac Seul, Treaty 3 Territory, ON The Government of Canada and First Nations communities are working in partnership to improve water infrastructure on reserves and support access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water.

The Honourable Marc Miller, Minister of Indigenous Services, together with Chief Derek Maud and the community of Lac Seul First Nation, celebrated the grand opening of the new water treatment plant in Kejick Bay. The new plant ended a drinking water advisory in place for 17 years.

The new facility provides clean and reliable drinking water and improved fire protection to approximately 350 residents and eight community buildings. The plant meets current federal and provincial drinking water regulations and was designed to allow for future expansion. The existing water treatment plant has been decommissioned.

“Congratulations to Chief Maud and the entire community of Lac Seul First Nation. The completion of this water treatment facility marks a major milestone for the residents of Kejick Bay. This achievement is cause for celebration, as we work together to create positive change for the health and safety of all community members. We are pleased to have partnered with you on such an important project.”

The Honourable Marc Miller
Minister of Indigenous Services

“This has been a long and difficult process; however, I am thrilled that the new water treatment plant at Kejick Bay is complete, and that after 17 years members can drink safe, clean water straight from the tap. Thank you to our members for their patience, and to the elders and leadership for your support during this important project.”

Chief E. Derek Maud
Lac Seul First Nation

In total, 574 water and wastewater projects have been initiated or completed since Budget 2016. These projects include new, upgraded or repaired infrastructure, as well as feasibility and design studies to ensure First Nations have the right infrastructure systems in place for growing communities. To date, 265 projects have been completed and another 309 are underway, benefitting 606 First Nations communities across the country.