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First Nations, Canadian govt to share information

Canada: Six chiefs of First Nations, Health Canada and Alberta Health Services will share information and data which includes maps, GPS coordinates, land surveys, health information and more.

First Nations is a term of ethnicity that refers to the Aboriginal peoples in Canada who are neither Inuit nor Métis, according to Wikipedia.

The agreement was signed by Chief Ernest Gadwa of Kehewin Cree Nation and chairperson for Tribal Chiefs Ventures; Rob Barone, Director of contract operations for Alberta Health Services and Simon Sihota, regional environment health manager for Health Canada at a Tribal Chiefs Ventures. “The chiefs are very excited about this and want to move forward with it immediately,” said Gadwa.

Sihota explained that Health Canada has a mandate to oversee drinking water on reserves and has been collecting geographic water data for years. This data will now be included in a large database that all services and people living on the reserves can access.

Sihota said water safety is just one small component. “We’ve collected some data, but we didn’t have the complete picture and it was the initiatives of the chiefs to get that complete picture,” he said.

Source: Bonnyville Nouvelle