Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act Engagement Sessions
This session will be delivered in two locations, please select one
June 20th, 2017
Ramada Hotel, 444 George St, Prince George, BC
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
June 22nd, 2017
Pacific Gateway Hotel, 3500 Cessna Drive, Richmond B.C. V7B 1C7
8:00 am - 5:00 pm
The purpose of this engagement session is to seek your input as we conduct a review of this important piece of legislation so that together, we can ensure that any law that comes into force and impacts First Nations is developed in partnership through an approach that respects
First Nations culture, values, and rights.
As you may be aware, the Act came into force in 2013. It is an enabling piece of legislation, meaning that it allows for the development of regulations to safeguard drinking water on reserves through the protection of clean and reliable drinking water, the effective treatment of wastewater, and the protection of drinking water sources. While the development of regulations under the Act began in 2014, the process was put on hold, pending a review of the Act, to ensure that First Nations needs are met as part of the enabling legislation. Simply stated, access to safe drinking water is a critical health and safety concern and any measures that are put in place to ensure its protection must be based on the right foundations.
Starting in June 2017, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will be meeting with First Nations Chiefs and Council members, and their technical advisors across the country to discuss what changes may be required to the Act to allow for levels of safety for water and wastewater on First Nations lands similar to those enjoyed by other Canadians.
For stakeholders, participating in these engagement sessions is a real opportunity to have direct input on how the provision of water and wastewater services should be managed, monitored, and enforced on First Nations lands. At each of the engagement sessions, participants will be invited to share their expertise, discuss options, and make recommendations to secure protections for safe drinking water.
The enclosed documentation is being provided to assist participants in preparing for the engagement session. An overview of the engagement process, questions for consideration, as well as a copy of the Act are included for your review.
Who Should Attend?
To facilitate your participation in this session, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada will cover the costs related to your participation, including travel to and from this session, as well as accommodation and meal allowances. Please note that we have planned for two attendees per community, should you wish to include your technical advisor.