Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) is dedicated to providing safe drinking water to residents of First Nation communities. In March 2006, AANDC and the Assembly of First Nations launched a Plan of Action to respond to drinking water concerns in First Nation communities. The action plan ensures that First Nations will have the necessary tools and resources to provide their communities with clean water.
In 2008, the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP) was announced. FNWWAP provided $330 million in water and wastewater funding over two years for treatment facility construction and renovation, operation and maintenance of facilities, training of operators and related public health activities on-reserve. As part of this strategy, the Government announced a plan to conduct a detailed national assessment of existing public and private water and wastewater facilities operated by First Nation communities across the country.
The National Assessment surveyed the water and wastewater systems of 97 per cent of First Nation communities in Canada. Site visits in the 571 participating First Nations began in September 2009 and concluded in November 2010. The National Assessment is the most rigorous and comprehensive evaluation of water and wastewater systems on-reserve ever under-taken.
- Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nations Communities – Progress Report January 17, 2008
- Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nations Communities – Progress Report March 22, 2007
- Plan of Action for Drinking Water in First Nations Communities – Progress Report December 7, 2006
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