Ben Brant, Water Treatment Plant Operator, give Minister Jane Philpott and MP Mike Bossio a tour of the facility
Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory, ON – Jane Philpott, the Minister of Indigenous Services, joined MP Mike Bossio today to meet with representatives of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte.
The four hour visit began with a tour of the water treatment plant, the wellness centre, and the proposed site for the Shannonville water tower. It continued with meetings at the council building with Chief R. Donald Maracle and the Band Council.
The agenda included discussion of the water, housing, long-term care, and funding needs on Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
“This was a very positive and informative meeting, where the Mohawks represented the needs of their community in a very professional and positive way. The Chief highlighted that there are significant needs in Indigenous communities like Tyendinaga in southern Ontario, which need to be heard. I was so pleased that the Minister would take time out of her incredibly busy schedule to come to our community so early in her new mandate.”
-Mike Bossio, Member of Parliament for Hastings—Lennox and Addington
“I was pleased to visit Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory today and meet with Chief Don Maracle and Council. It is encouraging to see the progress being made in areas like community wellness and at the water treatment plant. I look forward to our continued partnership in working toward improved health and water services for the community.”
-Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services
“We really appreciate the leadership of the Minister to come to the community in her new role so soon to view the water treatment plant and wellness centre. Our discussions on a number of important issues included water, infrastructure, and funding. We look forward to following up with the Minister and her staff in the spring.”
-R. Donald Maracle, Chief of the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
Since October 2015, Bossio has announced Clean Water and Waste Water funding of $145,089 for the Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte, which is for 4 projects: improvements to Huron Brant Pumping Station; engineer design services for Bell’s Road watermain extension; replacement and upgrade to the existing analog water meters with new digital remote technology; and, installation of a new septic tank and septic field at the Busing and Public Works Garage.
Bossio has also announced Small Communities Funding of $2,448,333 for Deseronto to renew and upgrade the Deseronto Water Treatment Plant, which also serves part of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.
Philpott was appointed to the new position of Minister of Indigenous Services in August 2017 through the dissolution of Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) department into two new departments: a Department of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Northern Affairs led by Minister Carolyn Bennett, and a Department of Indigenous Services. This follows a long-time recommendation by the Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples that a new relationship with Indigenous Peoples would require new structures. It recommended that the government dramatically improve the delivery of services while accelerating a move to self-government and self-determination of Indigenous Peoples. One mechanism to achieve this was the dissolution of INAC and the creation of two new ministries to facilitate this work. The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples’ Co-Director of Research was Professor Marlene Brant Castellano, O.C., a well-known resident of Tyendinaga Mohawk Territory.