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The Safe Water Project is a First Nations initiative that is eliminating boil water advisories and empowering communities to manage their own drinking water.

The Project was envisioned by the Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak to address the drinking water challenges faced by their communities. It has three integrated components:
1 To provide training and certification to local water operators
2 To offer operational support to local water operators as they pursue certification
3 To deploy proven Canadian-made technology to monitor the quality of water on a continuous real-time basis.

Since its implementation in May 2015, the Project has helped to predict, prevent and eliminate a number of boil water advisories. It has strengthened the capacity of communities to test, treat and manage their own drinking water. The Safe Water Project is helping to instill pride and confidence in water systems that are managed by First Nations with the aim to build sustainable communities.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak (Northern Chiefs Council) is a non-political Chiefs Council serving Deer Lake, Fort Severn, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake and Poplar Hill First Nations. The organization is directed by the Chiefs of the member First Nations who form the Board of Directors. Through its close awareness of community needs and its team approach, the Council advises and assists its member First Nations.
The Council provides services in the areas of health, education, economic development, employment assistance, legal, public works, finance and administration, and computer communications (K-Net Services). The Executive Director liaises with the six Chiefs, with the staff of the Council and with other organizations and governments.

The Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence is a water operator training facility in Dryden, Ontario. It was established in 1999 to provide training and continuing education to water operators from First Nations, municipalities and the private sector.
The Centre offers courses on water testing, treatment, and monitoring, and can certify operators to the level needed to manage water and wastewater treatment facilities without oversight.