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First Nations seek funding for program that helped teen fix his community’s water problem
Date: May 5, 2016
Safe Water project helped 3 First Nations lift boil water advisories last year Article by Jody Porter, originally published by CBC Thunder Bay The program that helped a 19-year-old solve his First Nations’ drinking water problems is seeking federal funding to continue. Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s (Northern Chiefs Council) Safe Water project provides real-time monitoring of water treatment plants

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First Nations teen solves remote community’s drinking water problems
Date: May 3, 2016
He just graduated from high school, now this teen is running the water plant in North Spirit Lake Article by Jody Porter, originally published on CBC News Thunder Bay. A 19-year-old from North Spirit Lake First Nation is the key to solving a boil water advisory in place in his community for nearly as long as

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Recipe for Hope: The Safe Water Project delivers training, support, and clean water to First Nation communities
Date: April 8, 2016
By Geordi Kakepetum for Water Canada Magazine (watercanada.net)
Chief Joe Crow of Fort Severn First Nation proudly speaks of the milestone his community will realize this year. “For the first time in more than two years, our people will be able to turn on the tap and just drink the water without first having to boil

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Keewaytinook Pleased With Feds Promise Of Clean Drinking Water
Date: April 5, 2016
Article originally published on CKDR Dryden (April 4, 2016)
A Dryden based organization that focuses on the delivery of clean drinking water and training is applauding a federal investment to end boil water advisories on area First Nations. Geordi Kakepetum is the chief executive director of Keewaytinook Okimakanak and says committed funds support the work

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First Nations group impressed by budget
Date: April 4, 2016
Article originally published in The Chronicle Journal (April 4, 2016) A Northwestern Ontario First Nations group welcomes the federal government’s budget commitments aimed at eliminating boil water advisories in First Nations communities. Tribal council chiefs with Keewaytinook Okimakanak believe the government funding supports their communities’ greatest needs as well as the Safe Water Project, which they have

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Keewaytinook Okimakanak applauds federal government investments to end boil water advisories
Date: March 30, 2016
To download this press release as a PDF, click here. March 30, 2016 FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE Keewaytinook Okimakanak applauds federal government investments to end boil water advisories Funding commitments align with areas of critical need, Chiefs say Dryden, ON – Keewaytinook Okimakanak supports the Government of Canada’s financial commitments contained in Budget 2016 to eliminate

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Bellegarde talks tough on water concerns
AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde
Date: March 30, 2016
Original article by Shari Narine in Windspeaker (March 2016) Prime Minister Justin Trudeau has pledged to end all boil water advisories on First Nations within five years. The budget delivered by his government on March 22 committed $1.8 billion to strengthen on reserve water and waste water infrastructure and $141.7 million to monitor water on reserve.

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Keewaytinook Okimakanak participates in panel discussion for World Water Day and Canada Water Week
Date: March 21, 2016
Keewaytinook Okimakanak will be part of a panel event on March 22, 2016 for World Water Day and Canada Water Week held by the Canadian Water Resources Association. The panel is called “Water and Jobs: Historical Perspectives and Future Directions.” Keewaytinook Okimakanak Public Works Manager Barry Strachan will join the panel of experts in a discussion moderated

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Safe Water Project Recommended in Final Report of House of Commons Standing Committee
Date: March 12, 2016
In its Final Report, the Standing Committee on Finance recommends that the government fund the Safe Water Project: “The federal government, in seeking to ensure that the water in Indigenous communities is safe, consider funding for initiatives that have been successful in improving access to clean, safe drinking water. In particular, such initiatives as the

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Assembly of First Nations Resolution 65_2015
Date: December 12, 2015
In December 2015 the Assembly of First Nations passed Resolution 65-2015 in support of the Safe Water Project. The Assembly agreed that the Safe Water Project “has proven to be effective in eliminating short, medium and long-term boil water advisories, and in strengthening the capacity of and empowering First Nations communities to manage their water

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How one northern project speeds up access to clean water
Date: November 5, 2015
Original article by Chantal Braganza at TVO Current Affairs (Shared Values) For most of his life Nico Suggashie, like many of his neighbours, just assumed his local tap water wasn’t safe to drink. “I’d just avoid it,” he says. His hometown of Poplar Hill, an Anishinaabe First Nation reserve community in northwestern Ontario, nearly 300 km north

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Bad water: Innovative solution for remote northern Ontario First Nations
Date: October 26, 2015
Original article by Tiar Wilson at CBC News Aboriginal Three northern Ontario First Nations have managed to stop boil water advisories in their communities since May because of access to a new real-time water quality monitoring system. Deer Lake, Fort Severn, and Poplar Hill First Nations have all spent close to 1,000 days on a boil water

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Project aiming to prevent bad water quality
Date: August 15, 2015
Original article by Sandi Krasowski and staff in the Chronicle Journal A water treatment, training and monitoring project based out of Dryden is working to prevent boil water advisories in remote First Nation communities in Northwestern Ontario. “The Safe Water Project, a new and innovative approach . . . is addressing the challenge of delivering safe, clean

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Safe and Clean Water Must be a Priority – Ontario Regional Chief Day
Date: August 14, 2015
Original article by James Murray on Net News Ledger Fort William First Nation – Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day is calling on the Federal Party Leaders to address the lack of clean and safe water in First Nations across Ontario. Currently, there are 67 communities under boil water advisories. “It is outrageous to think of

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Safe Water Project Open House
Date: August 12, 2015
The Safe Water Project was showcased today at an Open House hosted by Keewaytinook Okimakanak at the Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence. Regional Chief Isadore Day spoke at the event, as did leaders from the KO communities. To learn more about the event, please read today’s press release.


Safe Water Project launched!
Date: May 15, 2015
Keewaytinook Okimakanak is excited to announce the launch of the Safe Water Project, an innovative approach to addressing the drinking water challenges facing many First Nations communities in Canada. Developed by the KO Chiefs in response to their own communities’ drinking water needs, the Project is expected to end boil water advisories not only in KO’s

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