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      Transmitted by CNW Group on : August 4, 2006 15:11
      Mohawks of Akwesasne celebrate opening of new water treatment plant on Cornwall Island

      CORNWALL ISLAND, ON, Aug. 4 /CNW Telbec/ - The Honourable Jim Prentice,
      Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor
      for M├ętis and Non-Status Indians, in conjunction with the Mohawks of Akwesasne
      Grand Chief, Timothy Thompson, today announced the official opening of a
      state-of-the-art water treatment plant and distribution centre at Cornwall
      Island, part of the Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne.
      "Today, we are celebrating the opening of a new water treatment plant and
      the success of a collaborative process," said Minister Prentice. "We are
      opening a modern facility in a community that is a leader in establishing high
      standards, and demonstrating real progress on our action plan to improve water
      quality on reserves."
      "As the elected Grand Chief, it is my responsibility to ensure the
      delivery of clean and safe water to members of this community," said Grand
      Chief Thompson. "It is a responsibility that requires assistance and support
      from many partners, including Indian and Northern Affairs Canada. These
      working partnerships place us in a better position to have the tools and
      resources needed to fulfill our responsibilities. It was because of a
      thorough, collaborative approach that the water treatment plant became a
      reality ahead of expectation and on budget."
      The estimated cost of the Cornwall Island water treatment plant and
      distribution system is approximately $13.1 million. The Mohawk Council of
      Akwesasne contributed $2 million through its own Nation Building funding. The
      new water treatment plant has a design capacity water output of 2,250 m3 (or
      500,000 gallons a day), and will service more than 1,000 local residents, with
      the capacity to serve over 3,000. With future plant retrofit and appropriate
      distribution system extensions, the plant will be capable of servicing over
      6,900 residents.
      The water treatment plant was designed using the multi-barrier approach,
      exceeding both federal and provincial standards. From the conceptual stage
      through to the completion of construction, this project was based on a
      collaborative process utilizing value engineering methodology and peer reviews
      ensuring value for dollar.
      The Mohawk Council of Akwesasne has long recognized the importance of
      maintaining its infrastructure assets and, therefore, has continuously
      invested in the training of its operators.
      On March 21, 2006, Minister Prentice announced a Plan of Action related
      to water quality on First Nations, which includes:

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      - implementation of a Protocol for Safe Drinking Water for
      First Nations Communities;
      - mandatory training for all water treatment plant operators and a
      regime to ensure that all water systems have the oversight of
      certified operators;
      - complete, specific remedial plans for First Nation communities with
      serious water issues, starting with 21 communities most at risk;
      - a panel of experts to advise on the appropriate regulatory framework;
      and
      - a clear commitment to report on progress on a regular basis.

      Since 2003, INAC has invested more than $168 million in upgrading and
      building new water plant systems in Ontario. In 2006-2007, it will focus on
      investing and assisting First Nations in:

      - meeting water standards and regulations;
      - inspection and compliance; and
      - capacity development at the community level.
      >>

      The Mohawk Territory of Akwesasne is located south of the City of
      Cornwall, and straddles the borders of Ontario, Quebec and New York State.
      The community has a population of 14,000 people.

      This release is also available at: www.inac-ainc.gc.ca



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      /For further information: Deirdra McCracken, Press Secretary, Office of
      the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002; Peter Sero, Indian and Northern
      Affairs Canada, (416) 973-6222; Grand Chief Tim Thompson, Mohawk Council of
      Akwesasne, (613) 575-2348; Jay Benedict, Director, Mohawk Government,
      Department of Technical Services, (613) 936-1548/

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