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The Government of Canada invests in erosion protection in Eskasoni and Potlotek First Nations


ST. PETER'S, NS, Oct. 10, 2023 /CNW/ - Today, Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso, Jaime Battiste, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, and Chief Wilbert Marshall of Potlotek First Nation, announced a federal investment of $1 million to support the installation of erosion controls in Eskasoni and Potlotek First Nations.

Through the Natural Infrastructure Fund, the Government of Canada is supporting the Union of Nova Scotia Mi'kmaq to plan, design, and implement erosion controls along the Bras d'Or Lake.  Erosion protection improvements will include the installation of living dikes with salt marshes, and implementing sediment controls. The project will improve the communities' resilience when faced with extreme weather events.

By investing in infrastructure, the Government of Canada is growing our country's economy, building resilient communities, and improving the lives of Canadians.

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"We are working together to protect Mi?kmaw communities from the effects of erosion and extreme weather. Residents of Eskasoni and Potlotek are at the forefront of building a more climate resilient future. Today's investment supports these communities on the Bras d'Or lake in managing and adapting to the risks of climate change for years to come."

Mike Kelloway, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Fisheries, Oceans and the Canadian Coast Guard and Member of Parliament for Cape Breton-Canso on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

"When faced with the effects of climate change, natural infrastructure can often provide the best solutions. The Government of Canada is working with Eskasoni and Potlotek to bring these solutions into practice and protect the community and future generations from the impacts of coastal erosion. "

Jaime Battiste, Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Crown-Indigenous Relations and Member of Parliament for Sydney-Victoria, on behalf of the Honourable Sean Fraser, Minister of Housing, Infrastructure and Communities

"This funding is an important milestone not only for the community of Potlotek, but for all of Mi'kma'ki. The sacred island of Chapel Island, the governance practices, sacred ceremonies, and social gatherings that take place there are older than Canada. The Mi'kmaq and our way of being have been on our ancestral lands since time immemorial. This Erosion Protection project is finally taking the work that has been done before through environmental studies, and moving toward implementation. This is an important project for Potlotek, and we are looking forward to restoring our sacred shoreline with the funding we received."

Chief Wilbert Marshall of Potlotek First Nation

"Eskasoni is one of the two coastal communities that are the hardest hit by severe storms, high winds, and erosion. This Erosion Protection project will assist with preservation of our lands and more importantly, extend the life of our shorelines. The natural infrastructure concept is in alignment with the Mi'kmaq ways of being, as it is sustainable, and by giving back to the land in a good and healthy way. In addition, we want to ensure that our ancestral lands will continue to provide for us, and for generations to come. This is a very exciting project for us, and we look forward to seeing the final outcome of the project."

Chief Leroy Denny of Eskasoni First Nation

Quick facts
Associated Links

Natural Infrastructure Fund
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/nif-fin/index-eng.html 

Strengthened Climate Plan
https://www.canada.ca/en/services/environment/weather/climatechange/climate-plan/climate-plan-overview.html 

Federal infrastructure investments in Nova Scotia
https://www.infrastructure.gc.ca/plan/prog-proj-ns-eng.html 

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