MISSISSAUGAS OF THE CREDIT, ONT. — Two Ontario First Nations, the Mississaugas of the Credit and Six Nations of the Grand River, have successfully launched a watermain project that will bring clean water to rural residents of both Ontario communities.
The two First Nations will extend a local watermain along the boundary road between their communities, enabling them to connect to the Haldimand County water system, stated an Aug. 10 release. The extension will bring water to homes along the boundary road currently not serviced.
The project was enabled by a municipal-type service agreement between Mississaugas of the Credit and Haldimand County, noted the release. Indigenous Services Canada is allocating $4.7 million toward the project.
Mississaugas of the Credit is located seven kilometres west of Hagersville, Ont. along Indian Line Road. The First Nation has a total population of 2,564, of whom 951 live on the reserve.
Six Nations of the Grand River is located 20 kilometres southeast of Brantford, Ont. along the Grand River. The First Nation has a total population of 27,455, with 12,805 residents of the reserve.
“In early 2018, only nine per cent of Six Nations residents, the most populated First Nation in Canada, had access to safe, treated potable water from our water treatment plant,” noted Six Nations of the Grand River First Nation Chief Ava Hill in the statement. “I am very happy to state that since that time we have secured enough funds to more than triple our water distribution coverage. This means that approximately 4,000 of our Six Nations residents will have access to a safe and reliable water source.”