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Federal bill tabled to improve, protect water quality in First Nations – CHCH

December 12, 2023

Long-awaited federal legislation that aims to improve water quality in Indigenous communities was tabled by the Liberal government Monday.

It is set to see greater collaboration between the federal government and communities themselves on water protection and a new First Nations-led commission codified.

The bill would apply a new framework for source water, drinking water, wastewater and related infrastructure on First Nations land.

Indigenous Services Minister Patty Hajdu says the presented legislation is the result of immense collaboration and knowledge-sharing.

“First Nations made it clear they must have the tools and powers to protect their inherent right to clean water,” she told reporters outside the House of Commons.

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