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Government response to Shoal Lake 40 infrastructure funding

On the eve before our story was slated to air, 16x9 received a response from AANDC.
On the eve before our story was slated to air, 16x9 received a response from AANDC. THE CANADIAN PRESS / Sean Kilpatrick

16X9 first requested a breakdown of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada’s (AANDC) infrastructure funding allocated to Shoal Lake #40 First Nation on September 1st, 2015.

After more than two months and multiple follow-up requests to AANDC 16X9 received the following response at 4:07pm Friday, November 6, on the eve before the story was slated to air.

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In an email addressed to 16×9 an AANDC spokesperson stated:

AANDC has invested $6,671,937 in Shoal Lake #40 from 2011-2012 fiscal year until September 15, 2015.

The $6,671,937 breaks down as follows:

Core Capital Funding: $1,281,301

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Operation & Maintenance activities: $1,734,303

School Renovations: $252,600

Barge Upgrades: $127,680

Solid Waste: $182,200

Road Design and Construction: $3,085,688

Other: $8,165

This doesn’t include $328,712 that has been allocated for various capital expenditures in 2015-2016 but has not yet been spent.

This information has not yet been verified by 16X9.

AANDC has not responded to our question whether the $6,671,937 represents more than a 2% increase in infrastructure funding, overall.

*Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada is now called Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada

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