Timiskaming First Nation (TFN) in collaboration with Health Canada and Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) works assure safe drinking water for our community. TFN works closely with Health Canada and INAC to ensure that public health activities support investments for a whole of government approach to drinking water and wastewater disposal in our community.
Health Canada works directly with Timiskaming First Nations to assist in monitoring drinking water quality, which includes providing advice and guidance about drinking water safety and wastewater disposal, and reviewing infrastructure project proposals from a public health perspective.
When a potential concern about the drinking water quality is identified, departmental officials communicate immediately with the appropriate recommendations to the Chief and Council. These recommendations can include issuing a drinking water advisory (DWA). It is the responsibility of the Chief and Council, or their delegates, to issue or rescind a DWA and take necessary actions. In addition, Health Canada also assists the Timiskaming First Nations in our efforts around the safe disposal of on-site domestic sewage.