ARCHIVED - Formal Consultations Supporting Bill S-8, Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act

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From February to March 2009, the Government launched a series of 13 consultation and engagement sessions across the country. These sessions provided the opportunity for First Nation communities, regional First Nation organizations and provincial/territorial officials to discuss the legislative framework and recommend solutions on how to best address the regulatory gap that presently exists regarding drinking water and wastewater in First Nation communities.

In preparation for the sessions, the Government released a discussion paper, and featured it on the Departmental website, outlining the Government's proposal of incorporating by reference provincial/territorial regulations to meet the needs of First Nation communities. This was one of the three viable options proposed by the Expert Panel.

First Nations were also invited to submit written comments on the legislation. Additionally, the Government of Canada provided funding to First Nation organizations to allow for the development of regional impact analyses outlining how the proposed legislative framework would potentially impact First Nation regions and communities.

List of Formal Consultation Sessions:

February 17, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Whitehorse, Yukon.

Participants: Approximately 20 First Nation participants including Regional AFN Chief.


February 19, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Hay River, NWT.

Participants: NWT has only two reserves, Hay River and Salt River; representatives from Salt River were absent due to internal governance issues. AFN was also present.


February 24, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Winnipeg, Manitoba

Participants: Approximately 100 First Nations were present including Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs (AMC), AFN and Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak (MKO).


February 26, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Saskatoon, Saskatchewan.

Participants: Approximately 55 First Nations participants including AFN and the Federation of Saskatchewan Indian Nations (FSIN).


March 2, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Thunder Bay, Ontario.

Participants: Approximately 120 First Nations participated including AFN and Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN).


March 5, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Toronto, Ontario.

Participants: Approximately 90 First Nations participated including AFN, Chiefs of Ontario (COO), and Akwesasne.


March 12, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Edmonton, Alberta.

Participants: 56 First Nations participated including AFN and Treaty 6, 7 and 8.


March 17, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Vancouver, British Columbia.

Participants: 39 First Nations participated including BC AFN.


March 19, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Kamloops, British Columbia.

Participants: 34 First Nations participated including AFN.


March 24, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Halifax, Nova Scotia.

Participants: 23 First Nations participated including AFN and APC.


March 26, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Montreal, Quebec.

Participants: Participants unlisted with the exception of MCA.


March 31, 2009
Consultation Session facilitated by the Institute on Governance: Moncton, New Brunswick.

Participants: 28 listed First Nation participated including AFN and APC.

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