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Mishkeegogamang First Nation has boil water advisory rescinded after nearly 18 months

The Indigenous-led corporation has partnered with 22 First Nations communities across Ontario

November 19, 2020  The Canadian Press

MISHKEEGOGAMANG FIRST NATION — A First Nation in northern Ontario has had its boil water advisory rescinded, says the corporation that helped improve the community’s water treatment facilities.

Mishkeegogamang First Nation had its boil water advisory issued in early June, 2019.

The Ontario First Nations Technical Services Corporation announced on Nov. 19 that the advisory has been lifted.

The Indigenous-led corporation has partnered with 22 First Nations communities across Ontario, including Mishkeegogamang, to help train and support water treatment operators.

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It says that staff from its HUB program made four visits to Mishkeegogamang since September to work with local operators to improve conditions at the community’s four water treatment plants.

OFNTSC’s HUB program is funded by Indigenous Services Canada but the corporation receives its mandate from Ontario Chiefs in Assembly.

The corporation says that operational and technical repairs are ongoing at Mishkeegogamang and capital upgrades are still being processed.

The HUB program relies heavily on working with local operators to assess issues particular to each facility and partnering with tribal chiefs and councils to improve the community’s water treatment capabilities.