Parliamentary Secretary Greg Rickford, on behalf of the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today announced an investment of approximately $700,000 to Miawpukek First Nation for water infrastructure upgrades and emergency management activities. Mr. Rickford was in St. John’s to meet with Aboriginal stakeholders to discuss economic development as part of the government’s coast to coast pre-budget consultation.
“The Government of Canada believes that by investing in infrastructure, we are building stronger First Nation communities and substantially improving the health and safety of residents,” said Mr. Rickford. “The projects will enable Miawpukek First Nation to meet its growing needs by providing quality water services and improving access to a major road within the community.”
As a result of this funding, two major projects will be completed. The East Brook Bridge, which was seriously damaged by flooding, will be replaced and the existing water pumphouse will be upgraded. These upgrades, which include electrical and mechanical work, will provide continued water services to approximately 200 homes on reserve. Both projects are expected to be completed by March 31, 2012.
“I would like to take this opportunity to thank the Government of Canada for its contribution to the continuous well-being of our community,” said Chief Mi’sel Joe. “These infrastructure upgrades will not only improve our da ...

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