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Community Infrastructure Partnership Program Signing Ceremony

By City Staff

On December 14, 2016, Aamjiwnaang First Nation Council and Sarnia City Council came together for the official signing of the Water and Sewer Services Agreement and a Cooperation Protocol developed under the Community Infrastructure Partnership Program.

The Community Infrastructure Partnership Program is administered and funded by the Federation of Canadian Municipalities (FCM) and provides a supported and structured format for reaching agreement between First Nations communities and municipalities for shared services. To commemorate the event, the FCM issued certificates to both parties.

The Water and Sewer Services Agreement confirms the ownership, operating, and maintenance responsibilities for the existing water, wastewater and storm water systems that are interconnected with the City and Aamjiwnaang First Nation. The infrastructure on Aamjiwnaang First Nation lands will be planned, constructed, operated, maintained and replaced in a manner that is consistent throughout the City.

The Cooperation Protocol establishes the parameters for continuing the positive working relationship that evolved during the development of the

Water and Sewer Services Agreement, including the sharing of information, effective communication, confidentiality, dispute resolution and the development of additional agreements.

The two Councils first met in early 2015 to get the process started and a team of ‘Community Champions’ from both Aamjiwnaang First Nation and the City were delegated to work on developing a Cooperation Protocol/Water and Sewer Services Agreement. The Community Champions met over the next year and a half and in 2016 the protocol and agreement were approved by both Councils.

This article was posted Wednesday, December 14, 2016 4:30 PM

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