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NATIVE COUNCILS LEAD THE WAY TO CLEAN, SAFE WATER

Despite unique challenges, there are Aboriginal operators based as far north as Hudson Bay who are provincially certified to run water facilities.  Such successes are in part due to Native councils such as Keewaytinook Okimakanak (KO) who are at the forefront of water treatment capacity building in Ontario.

Keewaytinook Okimakanak, which means Northern Chiefs Council in Oji-Cree, is a non-political Chiefs Council.  KO serves many northern communities both virtually and concretely.  In just 15 years, KO has developed an internet high school, launched health programs, brought water and wastewater treatment into remote communities and in 2001, established the Keewaytinook Centre of Excellence for water operator training.............

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