Kikendaasogamig Elementary Temporarily Closed

Kikendaasogamig Elementary School will be closed on Tuesday, November 17, 2020, for critical work on the school’s water main.

Residents are reminded that there is no school on Wednesday, November 18, 2020, as the school transitions to the new schedule. The school will re-open on Thursday, November 19, 2020, and school buses will resume their runs picking up Class Cohort #1.

Kikendaasogamig teachers and staff thank the community for your patience and understanding.

Water Treatment Plant Construction Launched With Ceremony

A ceremony was held Wednesday morning, on September 23, to mark the start of construction of the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP) and distribution system. The ceremony was attended by community members, Chief Nadjiwon, Councillors, and Water Treatment staff. Water Treatment Manager Fred Dubeau was instrumental in organizing the ceremony.

Paul Nadjiwon led the prayers, offerings and drumming. The ceremony in portions spoke to the Thunderbird that resides in our area, to the manidoog of the land that will be disturbed to put in the new road and WTP, and to the water spirit in the Bay. Representatives of the firms contracted to assess, design and build the WTP and distribution system also attended the ceremony and were pleased to be part of such an important part of our unique development process.

Construction of the new road to the build site will begin in the next week. Access to safe drinking water is a basic human right. While First Nations across Canada struggle with their water supply, clean, fresh water from the tap is often taken for granted by urban, non-Indigenous Canadians. When our new WTP is completed, it will open a new chapter for Neyaashiinigmiing, in which residents will enjoy piped, potable water without the anxiety, inconvenience, and health concerns associated with chronic boil water advisories.

Ceremony Planned for New Water Treatment Plant

A ceremony will be held next Wednesday September 23rd, 2020 at 10:00 AM to celebrate and welcome the new water treatment plant and distribution system being developed.

The ceremony will be held at the intersection of Wilmers Road and Pit Road, and performed by Paul Nadjiwon.

All community members are welcome and encouraged to attend.

Bathymetric Survey to be Conducted for New WTP

As part of the ongoing development of the new Water Treatment Plant (WTP), engineering firm Monteith and Sutherland will be conducting a bathymetric survey of the Bay near the new WTP location. A bathymetric survey gathers water depth information, as well as the contours of the lake bed. The survey will inform the new WTP’s intake location and depth.

Community Asked to Conserve Water During Tower Cleaning

The Neyaashiinigmiing water tower will be shut down for cleaning and water upgrades during the week of Sunday, August 9 until Sunday, August 16, 2020. During this maintenance period, Neyaashiinigmiing residents are asked to conserve water as much as possible. For example, do not water your lawn, wash your vehicle, or water your garden any more than necessary.

Due to the nature of the work being conducted, there is a chance that water service may be temporarily interrupted during the maintenance period. We will strive to keep the community informed of any changes to the water service.

Also, residents are reminded to continue boiling their water. Bring water to a rolling boil for 1 minute before using.

Any questions may be directed to the Water Treatment Plant staff, at 519-534-4599.

New Water Treatment Plant Environmental Assessment Continues

LGL Environmental is returning to Neyaashiinigmiing to continue the environmental assessment work for the new water treatment plant. Be advised that LGL will be in the community before 8:00 AM on the mornings of July 23 and July 27, 2020, to conduct botanical surveys at the location of the new water treatment plant, in the field between Maadookii Crescent and Firehall Road, and along roads throughout the Community.

Species at Risk Survey Taking Place July 10

Neyaashiinigmiing is moving ahead with plans for a new Water Treatment Plant to resolve chronic water quality issues in the community. The proposed site for the new WTP is south-east of the intersection of Wilmer’s Road and Pit Road. As part of the site analysis, a test well has been drilled to monitor ground water levels.  Geotechnical work will also be conducted throughout the Community to identify the soil conditions for the future water treatment plant and water distribution system.

An environmental assessment of the WTP site and distribution area is also underway, which will include species at risk analyses.

On July 10, LGL Environmental will be in Neyaashiinigmiing conducting species at risk surveys for breeding birds in the areas of:

· the new proposed water treatment plant;

· the associated distribution system, in particular two greenfield segments of the distribution system:

· the access route to the proposed water treatment plant (road extension).

A new WTP is urgently needed in our community. As caretakers and children of our Territory, we will ensure that a robust environmental assessment, and appropriate response, is a part of this important project.