ST. JOHN’S, NEWFOUNDLAND AND LABRADOR–(Jan. 16, 2012)
Parliamentary Secretary Greg Rickford, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced an investment of approximately $700,000 to Miawpukek First Nation for water infrastructure upgrades and emergency management activities. Mr. Rickford was in St. John’s to meet with Aboriginal stakeholders to discuss economic development as part of the government’s coast to coast pre-budget consultation.
As a result of this funding, two major projects will be completed. The East Brook Bridge, which was seriously damaged by flooding, will be replaced and the existing water pumphouse will be upgraded. These upgrades, which include electrical and mechanical work, will provide continued water services to approximately 200 homes on reserve. Both projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2012.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Canada for its contribution to the continuous well-being of our community,” said Chief Mi’sel Joe. “These infrastructure upgrades will not only improve our day-to-day lives, but will stimulate our local economy by creating new jobs and making our community more sustainable.”
Funding for these infrastructure projects is provided through Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s Emergency Management Assistance Program (EMAP), established to assist First Nation communities in managing emergencies, and the First Nations Water and Wastewater Action Plan.
By the end of 2013, the Government of Canada will have invested approximately $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 and Canada’s Economic Action Plan.
Miawpukek First Nation was established as a reserve in 1987 and is located on the Island of Newfoundland. The community has 2,780 members, with an on-reserve population of approximately 830 members.
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