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Trudeau Government Pledges $4 Million to End Unsafe Water Advisories on 14 Reserves
Date: October 13, 2016
Original article by Hilary Beaumont for Vice Canada. The federal government has announced $4 million to expand a pilot program that ended unsafe drinking water advisories on three First Nations by training young Indigenous people to operate water treatment plants in their communities. With an initial investment under the Conservative government of only $385,000 per

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INAC Invests in First Nations Operator Capacity Through the Safe Water Project
Date: October 13, 2016
Original article featured in Water Canada Magazine. The Hon. Carolyn Bennett, minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced over $4 million in funding for an expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Safe Water Project during her visit with youth in to Northern Ontario. The expansion is has set a target to end boiling water advisories

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Safe Water Project Featured in Globe and Mail’s Ongoing Investigation
Date: August 29, 2016
Original article by Matthew McClearn for the Globe and Mail. Last updated August 29, 2016. Water Systems at Risk The Globe and Mail’s recent investigation has found that one-third of people living on First Nations are using water that poses a risk to their health. The investigation examines recent statistics, water management since the Walkerton Crisis,

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Water’s Next Awards Recap & Excerpts
Date: July 14, 2016
Original article published in Water Canada Magazine. Section on KO by Rachel Phan. The full issue can be read at watercanada.net. Welcome to Water’s Next 2016. Water Canada magazine’s Water’s Next Award program is the only national awards program to honour leadership across the entire water sector—including public servants, non-governmental groups, researchers, municipalities, and technology providers.

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KO Presents Safe Water Project at AFN General Assembly
Date: July 14, 2016
July 12-14, 2016 – Niagara Falls Our representatives from Keewaytinook Okimakanak were pleased to attend the Assembly of First Nations’ 37th General Assembly. At the Trade Show, we presented information about our many initiatives, including the Safe Water Project. We even got a visit from the Honourable Carolyn Bennett! The Chiefs of KO look forward

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Keewaytinook Okimakanak Chiefs Win Water’s Next Award
Date: June 24, 2016
Original article published in NetNewsLedger Toronto, ON – Six First Nations Chiefs were honoured with a Water’s Next Award last night at a gala in Toronto. The award recognizes the Chiefs’ work on the Safe Water Project, which has been successful in eliminating boil water advisories in Indigenous communities. The Water’s Next Awards are presented

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Spotlight on Canada: Indigenous concerns with water quality continue
Date: June 21, 2016
Original blog post by the Editorial team, posted in FluksAqua Community, Water and wastewater community, Water plant operator The survival of Canada’s Aboriginal people is tied directly to the quality of its water as it is a critical and sacred element. B. G. Cheechoo, Grand Chief of the Nishnawbe Aski Nation from 1988 to 1994, said the history

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Meet the Indigenous youth who could solve Canada’s water crisis
Date: June 21, 2016
Original article by Hilary Beaumont for VICE News. Before he became a water treatment plant operator on his isolated reserve, Nico Suggashie was feeling depressed — a problem many young Indigenous people struggle with on First Nations in Canada. Now the 24-year-old has a sense of pride after preventing a boil water advisory in Poplar Hill First

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Water monitoring program showing success
Date: June 15, 2016
Original article by Lindsay Kelly in Northern Ontario Business. Barry Strachan is so confident in the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Northern Chiefs Council’s Safe Water Project, he’s willing to bet his reputation on it. “I’ll go on record right now and say we can expect positive change without one dollar being spent on infrastructure,” said Strachan, KO’s public works

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Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak Announced as Water’s Next Finalists
Date: May 25, 2016
The Chiefs of Keewaytinook Okimakanak are thrilled to nominees for the 2016 Water’s Next Awards. Established by Water Canada Magazine, Water’s Next is an annual, national award program honouring companies, organizations and individuals who “successfully work to change water in our country.” The Chiefs wish their fellow nominees luck and look forward to attending the gala in Toronto

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How to bring clean water to more Ontario reserves
Date: May 20, 2016
Original article by Chantal Braganza in TVO Shared Values. Barry Strachan wants to see the water program he helped create become redundant. The Safe Water Project is entering its second year. It has helped three reserves eliminate their boil water advisories and set two others on the path to doing so. While funding ran out in

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To end boil water advisories in First Nations, invest in people
Date: May 6, 2016
Editorial by Geordi Kakepetum, originally published by the Toronto Star. The federal budget tabled in March 2016 announced more than $2 billion in new funding to start to address drinking water quality for First Nations. This investment, which comes as part of the government’s commitment to ending boil water advisories in First Nations communities within five

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