DENE THA’ FIRST NATION, ALBERTA (May 20, 2011) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today congratulated the Dene Tha’ First Nation on the grand opening of its new water treatment plant.
Completed ahead of schedule and on budget, this project was made possible thanks to an investment of $12 million under Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP).
“Through CEAP, our government has worked in partnership with First Nations to ensure investments in community infrastructure provide the necessary resources for long-term sustainability,” said Chris Warkentin, Member of Parliament for Peace River. “This new water treatment plant will provide a lasting benefit for the Dene Tha’ First Nation by supporting them in managing drinking water in their community.”
The water treatment plant has advanced water filtering technology called membrane filtration and ultraviolet technology that will ensure the system meets the latest water quality protocols. It was designed by ISL Engineering and Land Services and built by SKMG Construction, with local labour and equipment provided by the First Nation.
By the end of 2013, the Government of Canada will have invested a total of $2.5 billion in water and wastewater infrastructure for First Nation communities since 2006. These investments have been made through the Capital Facilities and Maintenance Program, First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan (FNWWAP), and Canada’s Economic Action Plan (CEAP) .