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First Nation Takes Peel River Watershed Case to Supreme Court

Posted on March 22, 2017
Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde spoke today from the steps of the Supreme Court of Canada to mark World Water Day and to support the Yukon First Nations who are in Ottawa to witness the hearing of their landmark case involving the Peel River watershed, First Nation of Nacho Nyak Dun, et al. v. Government of Yukon. A traditional water ceremony was held on the steps of the Supreme Court. "On World Water Day, First Nations stand together to support our rights and our responsibilities to our traditional territories," said National Chief Bellegarde. "As peoples with the right to self-determination, we have [...]

Inuvik, NWT, Completes a New Drinking Water Treatment Plant

Posted on March 2, 2017
The Town of Inuvik, North West Territories, has announced the completion of a new drinking water treatment plant. The water treatment plant received about $2,018,925 through the Provincial-Territorial Base Fund for this project and up to $2,062,143 through the federal Gas Tax Fund. The remaining $19 million for the project was provided by the Town of Inuvik. A utility corridor replacement project is also underway, receiving up to $4,297,000 in federal contributions from the Small Communities Fund. The remainder of the $5,729,334 necessary for the corridor is being provided by the town. "The improvement of drinking water infrastructure [...]

Yukon Files Claim Against Wastewater Plant Operator

Posted on February 23, 2017
The Government of Yukon has filed a statement of claim against Corix Water Systems and Chubb Insurance for outstanding deficiencies at the Dawson wastewater treatment plant. John Streicker, Yukon’s Minister of Community Services, issued a statement that said, "It is this government’s intention to continue working with Corix to seek solutions to these problems. Filing the claim was necessary to preserve our right to proceed with court action, if that becomes necessary.” Corix was awarded the contract to design and construct Dawson’s wastewater treatment plant. The project has been beset by uncertainty since the contract [...]

Nunavut Community Adds New Water Treatment Facility

Posted on February 15, 2017
Kugluktuk, Nunavut, opened three new community buildings, including its new water treatment facility and a six-bay garage for water and wastewater trucks. The Government of Canada contributed $1,812,957 through the Canada Strategic Infrastructure Fund for the new water treatment plant, as well as $300,000 through the federal Gas Tax Fund for the six-bay garage. Peter Taptuna, Premier, Nunavut MLA for Kugluktuk, said of the new infrastructure projects, "Through partnership at all levels, the Government of Nunavut is helping to build capacity in communities throughout the territory. The hamlet administration and residents of Kugluktuk [...]

$24.7 M for First Nations Resilience to Flooding and Rising Seas

Posted on January 20, 2017
The Government of Canada has announced that it will invest $24.7 in First Nations climate resilience. Called First Nations Adapt, the program will direct funds towards identifying and ameliorating the impacts of climate change on essential infrastructure in communities on reserve. The program, announced Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous Affairs and Northern Development, provides direct funding to First Nations communities experiencing repeated and severe climate impacts relating to coastal erosion and sea level rise, flooding, forest fires, and winter road conditions. Projects funded by First Nations Adapt will help local communities [...]

$181M Will Help Protect Watercourses at Oil Site Clean Up in N.W.T.

Posted on December 21, 2016
Imperial Oil has committed a $181M security for the cleanup of its oilfield in Norman Wells, North West Territories. The site remediation plan emphasizes protection of natural watercourses in the region. The Norman Wells extraction site has been in operation since the 1920s when the first well was drilled on the banks of the Mackenzie River east of the Bosworth Creek delta. Currently, the operation produces approximately 1,900 cubic metres of oil per day from 353 operating wells. The current site. Source: Interim Closure and Reclamation Plan A part of the company’s renewal of its water licence in March, 2015, was the provision [...]

WWF-Canada Tells Canada to Regulate Arctic Wastewater

Posted on December 12, 2016
WWF-Canada has released a statement urging Transport Canada, which is currently revising safety and pollution regulations, to officially adopt the same or stronger levels of regulations on grey water discharged in waters north of 60 degrees latitude as apply south of 60. The release stated that, although untreated grey water has similar pollution impacts as sewage, ships passing through Arctic waters in Canada are not expected to adhere to any specific regulations for dumping this harmful waste and that Transport Canada rules are much more stringent for waters below the 60th parallel. Transport Canada does have extensive regulations [...]

Mackenzie DataStream Launches on Parliament Hill

Posted on November 23, 2016
Last night on Parliament Hill, senior officials and staffers joined The Gordon Foundation to celebrate the official launch of Mackenzie DataStream—an open access, independent platform that was built through a unique public-private partnership between The Gordon Foundation and the Government of the Northwest Territories. "It's an honour to host The Gordon Foundation as they launch Mackenzie DataStream today in Ottawa," said Jonathan Wilkinson, parliamentary secretary to the Minister of Environment and Climate Change. "This project represents an opportunity for communities within the Mackenzie Basin to get involved and play an important [...]

Over $48 Million in Combined Funding to Go to Nunavut Water and Wastewater Projects

Posted on September 7, 2016
The governments of Canada and Nunavut announced a bilateral agreement that will make more than $48 million in combined funding available to Nunavut communities under the Clean Water and Wastewater Fund. The Government of Canada is providing over $36 million for three projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems in the territory. The Government of Nunavut and communities are also providing over $12 million for these projects. The Government of Nunavut will identify additional projects for Phase 1 funding in the coming months. An initial list of three approved projects under the new funding [...]

More than $68 Million Invested in Northwest Territories Water Infrastructure Projects

Posted on September 7, 2016
The governments of Canada and Northwest Territories announced an agreement for joint investment of $68 million for water and wastewater projects across the Territory. The federal government is providing over $51 million and community governments of the Northwest Territories are providing over $17 million for 29 projects to rehabilitate and improve the community water and wastewater systems across the territory. The largest projects identified in the announcement include a water and sewer pipe replacement in the City of Yellowknife ($13.7 million), sewer outfall replacement for the Town of Inuvik ($7.5 million), and sewer main replacement [...]
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