“I’ve had many high points in my term as Chief, but today is one of the proudest achievements.” Chief Brenda Vanguard proudly announced Kehewin Cree Nation will begin construction on a new water treatment plant. With Federal funding of $13.9 million the new plant will provide clean water to the residents of Kehewin.
“We will finally have drinkable water for the long-term,” said Chief Vangaurd.
Kehewin has been under a boil water advisory since April of 2011, leaving Kehewin with the longest standing boil water advisory, of First Nations, in the province.
Chief Vanguard said the groundbreaking celebration is one of many monumental moments the Nation has seen recently, such as establishment of a new school, modernizing the membership & election codes. “Our Nation is poised to become a leader in Treaty No. 6 territory.”
“From today on, I am heartened to know that my children and grandchildren – and generations after will have access to clean water, something that those before us were not able to enjoy.”
The new plant will be operated by members of Kehewin Cree Nation. There are members who are already being trained in running the facility.
Although not in attendance for the ceremony, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services made a statement on the project. “This milestone reflects our shared commitment to building critical infrastructure and improving access to safe and reliable drinking water for First Nation communities across the country.”
In attendance, on behalf of Minister Phipott, was Randy Boissonnault, Member of Parliment for Edmonton Centre.
The new plant is expected to be operational, with the goal of lifting the long-term drinking water advisory, by March 2020.