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Atlantic First Nations Water Authority welcomes funding infusion – CBC

Apr 26, 2022

18 Mi’kmaw and Wolastoqey First Nations pursue greater control over water and sewerage

Officials with a fledgling regional water and sewerage utility say First Nations in Atlantic Canada are a lot further along on the path to water sovereignty following a commitment of more than $170 million over 10 years in the latest federal budget.

“It gives us self-determination on drinking water for communities that join,” said Chief Ross Perley of Neqotkuk, also known as Tobique First Nation.

“We’ll have our own people maintaining the systems. … We don’t always have to worry about being underfunded. And if a water break happens or there’s some sort of incident with any of the assets, we have adequate funding to remedy the issue.”

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