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Nov. 8, 2022
After years of discussion, the Atlantic First Nations Water Authority made history Monday by becoming the first Indigenous water utility in Canada.
The transfer agreement was signed in Dartmouth, N.S., by Atlantic First Nations Water Authority (AFWNA) CEO Carl Yates, Potlotek First Nation Chief Wilbert Marshall, and federal Minister of Indigenous Services Patty Hajdu.
“Today we make over 20 years of discussion and planning an official action. It has taken a long time to arrive where we are today, and dedication from all those involved, and can’t be overlooked,” said Chief Marshall.
Under this agreement, AFWNA will handle the operation, maintenance, and capital upgrades of all water and wastewater systems in participating First Nation communities.