October 4, 2007
Assembly of First Nations and federal government announce money for road and bridge improvements
Ottawa, Ontario – The Assembly of First Nations has announced that the Government of Canada has set aside $131 million to improve infrastructure to roads, bridges and solid waste management in First Nations Communities. However, National Chief Phil Fontaine says that the money is part of a reallocation of funds announced almost two years ago.
“Tragically, people in First Nations communities suffer the most in Canada from poor infrastructure,” Fontaine says. “I hope some of this funding will make a difference, and result in real structural change to sustain and develop our communities. First Nations are recognized as the youngest and fastest-growing segment of the Canadian population, which is putting pressure on our infrastructure.”
Fontaine says that some of the money will be used to help First Nations leaders develop the skills needed to maintain and plan future infrastructure projects.