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Oct 2018 | Indigenous-Municipal Partnerships

MAKING WAVES IN INDIGENOUS WATER HEALTH
MADJID MOHSENI, RES’EAU-WATERNET

In 2016, the federal budget committed nearly $2 billion for drinking and wastewater infrastructure improvements for Indigenous communities in Canada. The allocation made good on a campaign promise by the Prime Minister and was delivered in tandem with a lofty and very worthy goal: ending boil-water advisories on First Nations reserves within five years. In 2018, roughly $5 billion in new spending was allocated for projects to improve community health for Indigenous people, including drinking water system upgrades. This funding was promised in the spirit of reconciliation and aligned with several recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

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