Water treatment plant construction begins at Six Nations of the Grand River

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OHSWEKEN, ON, Canada, April 16, 2010 -- Phil McColeman, Member of Parliament for Brant, on behalf of the Honourable Chuck Strahl, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, together with William K. Montour, Chief of Six Nations of the Grand River, today announced the start of construction for the First Nation's new water treatment plant.

"The water treatment facility at Six Nations of the Grand River demonstrates tangible progress in improving the provision of safe drinking water on-reserve," said MP McColeman. "The Government of Canada is committed to working in partnership with First Nations to ensure investments in community infrastructure provide the necessary resources for long term sustainability."

This project is part of the water and wastewater projects included in the $1.4 billion investment for Aboriginal Peoples under Canada's Economic Action Plan . More than $18 million has been provided toward the total cost of $26.1 million for the water treatment plant at Six Nations.

"This water treatment plant is an example of what can be accomplished when partners work together towards a shared goal," said William K. Montour, Elected Council Chief, Six Nations. "Once completed, the new plant will provide our current and future residents with an abundant supply of safe and clean water to meet their needs."

The scope of this project includes the design, tendering, and construction of a new water supply and treatment system. The Government of Canada is investing in projects that will provide lasting, sustainable benefits for First Nation communities.

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