Canada, Alberta and Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation to improve water infrastructure

The governments of Canada and Alberta have come together to make investment towards strengthening on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure in the Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation.

The initiative, targeted at indigenous communities, is aimed at providing safe, clean and reliable drinking water to all Canadians.

Works to be undertaken by the governments include the construction of a new regional water line and water infrastructure ensuring water supply for the community.

Canada Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Carolyn Bennett said: "Today’s announcement means that soon Alexis Nakota Sioux Nation will be able to do something that the rest of us take for granted every day- a basic life necessity- access to running water.”

Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations Richard Feehan said: “Alberta’s decision to help bring clean water to First Nations communities is part of our commitment to implement the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People (UNDRIP).”

Under the project, the Nation will be linked to the West Inter Lake District regional water supply system.

Additionally, a potable water supply line, pumphouse and treated water reservoir will be constructed.

The Government of Canada is expected to invest around $10m towards the completion of the project.

In last year’s budget, it allocated $1.8bn over five years to improve on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure, besides other works.

Meanwhile, the Alberta government is investing $7.15m to finish the Alexis Nakota Sioux water tie-in project, which connects the regional water system to the reserve.