First phase of wastewater treatment plant announced for Sheshatshiu

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National Defence Minister Peter MacKay today congratulated the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation on the ground-breaking Phase I of its new wastewater treatment facility for the community located 40 kilometres from Happy Valley-Goose Bay in Labrador.
"Investing in reliable water and wastewater facilities is fundamental for healthy and strong First Nation communities," MacKay said in a news release.
"Our government believes this new wastewater treatment system is another example of action taken and real progress made to improve the quality of life for First Nations in Newfoundland and Labrador."
Phase I of the two-phase project involves the installation and upgrading of collection lines to the wastewater collection system.
Phase II will begin in 2010, with the construction of the wastewater treatment plant. The federal government's contribution of $7.7 million to the Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation Wastewater Treatment Plant was drawn from the $165 million investment for 18 water and wastewater projects for First Nation communities identified in Canada's Economic Action Plan (http://actionplan.gc.ca/eng/index.asp).
"We are very pleased to see this important project become a reality," said Chief Anastasia Qupee, Sheshatshiu Innu First Nation. "This initiative will help ensure the health of our members and the well-being of our community. We appreciate the efforts of Minister Strahl in recognizing this project as a priority."

Organizations: First Nations, National Defence

Geographic location: Newfoundland and Labrador, Happy Valley, Goose Bay Canada

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