Maskwacis, Alta.—On May 18, the Federal government and the Samson Cree Nation, a First Nation located near Edmonton, marked the start of construction to upgrade the community’s wastewater facility.
The facility will be upgraded to include a new pumping station for wastewater collection and treatment.
This is Samson’s largest federally-funded infrastructure project to date.
The feds are contributing a $32.5 million investment. This includes funding for construction, project management and administration.
The project is expected to be completed in the winter of 2020.
“We are very excited about this wastewater project as it will have positive effects on our Nation’s environment. Indigenous Services Canada’s financial commitment to the project and having Minister Philpott here at our sod-turning ceremony shows the commitment ISC has in maintaining their treaty relations with First Nations,” said Chief Vernon J. Saddleback, Samson Cree Nation.
“Congratulations to Samson Cree Nation on this important milestone in upgrading your wastewater facilities. Infrastructure on-reserve is a priority for our government and we are proud to support this project. Once completed, this facility will carry many benefits for the entire community,” said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services.
The feds have earmarked almost $2 billion for on-reserve water and wastewater infrastructure across the country.