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Our Government Must Address First Nations’ Water Woes
Date: February 15, 2017
Editorial originally written by David Suzuki and published in the Huffington Post. Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. “We’re over 20 years already where our people haven’t been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes,” Neskantaga

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First Nations initiative empowers communities to end boil water advisories
Winter 2016 Newsletter
Date: December 20, 2016
Originally published in “From The Tap,” the newsletter of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation. An initiative based in northwestern Ontario called the Safe Water Project is empowering First Nations communities to manage their drinking water systems, leading to the elimination of long-standing boil water advisories and higher levels of confidence in the safety of water

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Update from Ontario Government Announces Partnership with KO
Date: November 24, 2016
The Government of Ontario recently released an update on its collaborative work with First Nations to address ongoing boil water advisories and unsafe water in communities. Keewaytinook Okimakanak was featured as a partner in capacity building: “Ontario is committed to collaborating with First Nations partners, including the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation and Keewaytinook Centre of

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First Nations organizations partner on water initiatives
Date: November 3, 2016
Dryden, ON
The Aboriginal Water and Wastewater Association of Ontario (AWWAO) and Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) have entered into a formal partnership through a memorandum of understanding (MOU) to address First Nations water and wastewater issues across Ontario. A signing ceremony for the MOU was held at the Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence on October 12,

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KO’s Safe Water Project expands to three tribal councils
Date: October 19, 2016
Original article by Shayla Bradley for The Sioux Lookout Bulletin.

More First Nation communities should have access to safe drinking water in the coming year, with the expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Safe Water project. With a $4.148 million federal investment, the project will expand to an additional 14 communities, as announced in Dryden October 12.

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Safe Water Project expanding due to $4.148 million investment by federal government
Date: October 13, 2016
DRYDEN, ON – The Safe Water Project, an initiative of Keewaytinook Okimakanak that helps Indigenous communities access safe drinking water, will expand to an additional 14 Ontario First Nations this year due to a $4.148 million investment by the federal government. Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett, alongside Member of Parliament for Kenora

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KO’s Safe Water Project praised as bottom-up solution
Date: October 19, 2016
Original article by Chris Marchand for the Dryden Observer. A homegrown solution to chronic water quality problems in Ontario’s remote First Nations communities received a major vote of confidence from the federal government this past week. Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s (KO) Safe Water Project received $4.148 million in funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to

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Safe Water Project expanded
Date: October 13, 2016
Original article published by The Chronicle Journal. An unique initiative that helps provides safe drinking water for indigenous communities in Northern Ontario is expanding. The Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Safe Water Project will expand to an additional 14 First Nations this year thanks to a more than $4 million investment by the federal government. Indigenous and Northern

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Safe Water Project Featured on CBC World at Six
Date: October 13, 2016
Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Safe Water Project, an initiative that aims to empower First Nations to manage their own water, was featured on CBC’s ‘World at Six‘ Segment. The Safe Water Project has received $4 million in federal funding to expand into 14 additional First Nation communities. You can listen to the segment below, or you can

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Safe drinking water on First Nations gets $4M boost from federal government
Carolyn Bennett announces funding for the Safe Water Project in Dryden. Courtesy of Jody Porter/CBC.
Date: October 13, 2016
Original article by Jody Porter for CBC News Thunder Bay. More than a dozen First Nations in northern Ontario can participate in an innovative Indigenous-led solution to drinking water problems in remote communities thanks to a $4 million investment announced Wednesday by the federal government. The Safe Water Project was started as a pilot project by the Keewaytinook

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Canada Invests $4 million to expand the Safe Water Project in Northwestern Ontario First Nation Communities
Date: October 13, 2016
Original article by the Edmonton Journal. DRYDEN, ON, Oct. 13, 2016 /CNW/
All Canadians — including First Nations —should have access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water. Yesterday, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced over $4 million in funding for an expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Safe

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