Indigenous communities in Atlantic Canada create water authority, to be up and running by 2022 – The Globe and Mail

by ahnationtalk on June 24, 202025 Views

Indigenous communities in Atlantic Canada are creating their own utility to take charge of water systems in First Nations around the region.

The Atlantic First Nations Water Authority is expected to be up and running independently by the spring of 2022, with a leadership team appointed by next April.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced today that the federal government will provide $2.5-million to assist in the formation of the agency, saying it will be the first Indigenous-owned and operated water authority in the country.

Indigenous communities in Canada currently pay 20 per cent of the operating and maintenance costs of their water and waste water systems, with about 80 per cent of the operating funds provided by Indigenous Services Canada. The federal government also funds capital infrastructure.

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