Atlantic First Nations Water Authority signs deal to take over water services in 17 First Nations – CBC

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Atlantic First Nations Water Authority signs deal to take over water services in 17 First Nations – CBC

by ahnationtalk on November 17, 202229 Views

‘The federal government has failed Indigenous people … when it comes to water,’ says Ross Perley

Nov 17, 2022

The Atlantic First Nations Water Authority has signed a transfer agreement with Indigenous Services Canada to take over water and wastewater management in 17 First Nations in the region.

The communities will still need a ratifying vote to officially come aboard but Chief Ross Perley of Neqotkuk, a Wolastoqey community 120 kilometres northwest of Fredericton, said the agreement signed Nov. 7 in Halifax represents much-needed empowerment for First Nations.

“We take control of our own water,” said Perley, vice-chair of the board of directors for the water authority.

“The federal government has failed Indigenous people across the country when it comes to water, water infrastructure, wastewater, wastewater infrastructure ever since they put us on reserves.”

Read More: https://www.cbc.ca/news/indigenous/atlantic-water-authority-first-nations-1.6654650

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