Federal funding to end boil water advisory in Neskantaga First Nation
Tim Brody - Associate Editor
The Government of Canada is investing $8.8 million in Neskantaga First Nation to help end the community’s long standing boil water advisory.
Kenora MP Bob Nault made the announcement on July 31, on behalf of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett.
“Neskantaga First Nation’s boil water advisory (BWA) represents the longest standing advisory in Canada,” Nault informed.
The funding announced will be used to upgrade the community’s water treatment system.
“For 22 years residents of Neskantaga First Nation have had to worry about the water they bathe in and the water they drink. The project, which is expected to be completed in spring 2018, will finally alleviate this stress. The project is part of Canada’s $1.8 billion commitment to improve infrastructure and strengthen Indigenous communities, and while it is a big step for Canada, it is truly monumental for the residents of Neskantaga First Nation,” Nault concluded.