Michael McLeod, Member of Parliament for Northwest Territories, announced funding for 19 infrastructure projects across the territory.
Residents will benefit from new developments and upgrades to cultural camps for the Indigenous community governments of Gamètì, Whatì and Wekweètì, and in Inuvik for the Nihtat Gwich’in Council. These new camps will provide community members with a place to host culturally significant events and local traditional gatherings. In addition, funding will go to upgrading the Ko Gocho Centre in Behchoko, and to the Arbour and Tepee at the Edhaa Historical Site, which will increase its lifespan.
Road upgrades in several communities – including Fort Simpson, Hay River, Norman Wells, Tuktoyaktuk, and Yellowknife – will improve the reliability of road infrastructure across the Northwest Territories. Investments towards trail development, wastewater, and solid waste management projects will also benefit communities across the territory.
“Investments in local infrastructure, including cultural, recreational, road and water projects help our communities provide efficient and reliable services for northerners in the region. This is an excellent example of what can be done when all levels of government work together to build stronger, more self-sustaining communities,” McLeod said.
The Government of Canada is investing more than $31.3 million in these projects through various streams under the Investing in Canada infrastructure plan. The various communities and Indigenous groups are contributing more than $14.2 million in funding.
Funding for construction of infrastructure projects under the Investing in Canada plan is conditional and will only be provided once Canada is satisfied that the obligation to consult with Indigenous groups is met.