Terry Sheehan, MP for Sault Ste. Marie, together with Batchewana First Nation Chief Dean Sayers, recently announced on behalf of the Honourable Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, that the design phase is underway on a new water treatment plant for Batchewana First Nation near Sault Ste. Marie. Once completed, the new plant will provide clean water to nearly 200 community members.
Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) is providing $320,000 for this phase of the project, which includes the design of a water treatment plant in Goulais Mission and decentralized water systems in Obadjiwan, as well as support for the First Nation to advance to the construction phase of the project.
- Batchewana First Nation is located near Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario, and has four settlements: Goulais Bay, Rankin, Obadjiwan, and Whitefish Island.
- Once complete, the water treatment plant would service Goulais Mission. Obadjiwan would have a decentralized system, which cleans and filters water directly at the point of entry of each residence.
- On December 17, 2018, Batchewana First Nation selected ARCADIS Canada Inc. as the project’s design consultant.