Our Government Must Address First Nations’ Water Woes

Editorial originally written by David Suzuki and published in the Huffington Post.  Neskantaga First Nation in Ontario has had to boil water since 1995. “We’re over 20 years already where our people haven’t been able to get the water they need to drink from their taps or to bathe themselves without getting any rashes,” Neskantaga Read the article >>

First Nations initiative empowers communities to end boil water advisories

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Originally published in “From The Tap,” the newsletter of the Safe Drinking Water Foundation.  An initiative based in northwestern Ontario called the Safe Water Project is empowering First Nations communities to manage their drinking water systems, leading to the elimination of long-standing boil water advisories and higher levels of confidence in the safety of water Read the article >>

Update from Ontario Government Announces Partnership with KO


The Government of Ontario recently released an update on its collaborative work with First Nations to address ongoing boil water advisories and unsafe water in communities. Keewaytinook Okimakanak was featured as a partner in capacity building: “Ontario is committed to collaborating with First Nations partners, including the Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation and Keewaytinook Centre of Read the article >>

KO’s Safe Water project expands to three tribal councils

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Original article by Shayla Bradley for The Sioux Lookout Bulletin. More First Nation communities should have access to safe drinking water in the coming year, with the expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak Safe Water project. With a $4.148 million federal investment, the project will expand to an additional 14 communities, as announced in Dryden October 12. Read the article >>

KO’s Safe Water Project praised as bottom-up solution


Original article by Chris Marchand for the Dryden Observer. A homegrown solution to chronic water quality problems in Ontario’s remote First Nations communities received a major vote of confidence from the federal government this past week. Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s (KO) Safe Water Project received $4.148 million in funding from Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) to Read the article >>

First Nation drinking water initiative featured on TVO’s The Agenda with Steve Paikin


Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s public works manager Barry Strachan was interviewed on TVO’s current affairs program The Agenda with Steve Paikin yesterday evening. Strachan discussed the drinking water challenges facing First Nations in Ontario, as well as how the Safe Water Project has successfully addressed many of those challenges. “In my experience a lot of the problems Read the article >>

Safe water project expanded


Original article published by The Chronicle Journal. An unique initiative that helps provides safe drinking water for indigenous communities in Northern Ontario is expanding. The Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Safe Water Project will expand to an additional 14 First Nations this year thanks to a more than $4 million investment by the federal government. Indigenous and Northern Read the article >>

Safe Water Project Featured on CBC World at Six


Keewaytinook Okimakanak’s Safe Water Project, an initiative that aims to empower First Nations to manage their own water, was featured on CBC’s ‘World at Six‘ Segment. The Safe Water Project has received $4 million in federal funding to expand into 14 additional First Nation communities. You can listen to the segment below, or you can Read the article >>

Safe drinking water on First Nations gets $4M boost from federal government

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Original article by Jody Porter for CBC News Thunder Bay. More than a dozen First Nations in northern Ontario can participate in an innovative Indigenous-led solution to drinking water problems in remote communities thanks to a $4 million investment announced Wednesday by the federal government. The Safe Water Project was started as a pilot project by the Keewaytinook Read the article >>

Canada Invests $4 million to expand the Safe Water Project in Northwestern Ontario First Nation Communities


Original article by the Edmonton Journal. DRYDEN, ON, Oct. 13, 2016 /CNW/ – All Canadians — including First Nations —should have access to safe, clean and reliable drinking water. Yesterday, the Honourable Carolyn Bennett, Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, announced over $4 million in funding for an expansion of the Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) Safe Read the article >>