On August 24, the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services Canada, offered her congratulations to the Cree Frog Lake First Nation on the grand opening of its new fire hall. With an increased capacity of nearly 7,000 square feet, the fire hall will support fire protection services and storage of equipment. Located just over 200 kilometres east of Edmonton in the Treaty 6 Territory, the Frog Lake First Nation Fire Department will now have the ability to provide shorter emergency response times to members and surrounding communities. Indigenous Services Canada invested $2.3 million in the project.
Announced this week, the recently expanded fire hall is set to be joined by a nearby water treatment facility, located approximately 25 kilometres to the east, in the Treaty 6 Territory’s Kehewin Cree Nation lands. Celebrating its sod turning this week, this new water treatment system is critical to the community’s efforts to lift their long-term drinking water advisory. Indigenous Services Canada has invested $13.9 million to support construction of the new facility with the goal of lifting the long-term drinking water advisory by March 2020.
Congrats to Chief Vanguard and #Kehewin Cree Nation (Treaty 6 Territory, AB) on their sod-turning event, marking the start of construction on the community’s new water treatment centre that will help lift their long-term drinking water advisory. #FNinfra https://t.co/OzTcjuS2ok pic.twitter.com/LKAPGdwh63
— Minister Jane Philpott (@Min_IndServ) August 27, 2018
“I thank the current Liberal government, for their commitment on making this day a reality. Our members have been patiently waiting for something as simple as clean water for too long. Our community has been on a boiled-water advisory for more than 11 years and the old treatment plant is no longer a viable option. So today marks the first step in a longer journey of partnership and a moment of renewed relationships. I look forward to ongoing, productive and fruitful partnerships with the Canadian, Provincial and local governments.” said Kehewin Cree Nation Chief Brenda Vanguard.