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Fund the Freedom Road project for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

News | July 7, 2015
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June 30, 2017

Shoal Lake 40 celebrates start of on-reserve construction of Freedom Road

CTV News

This week marked the start of on-reserve construction of Freedom Road for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. "This is a very special day today," Shoal Lake 40 Chief Erwin Redsky told a crowd of around 50 people gathered inside the community's arena. "It's been a long, long journey to get to this point."

A century ago Shoal Lake 40 became an isolated community during the construction of an aqueduct that supplies Winnipeg with clean drinking water. While Winnipeg gets fresh water, Shoal Lake 40 has been on a boil-water advisory since 1997 and the only way in and out of the isolated community is on a barge, which isn’t always reliable.

The 24-kilometre Freedom Road project, which started construction in May, aims to provide all-weather access between Shoal Lake 40 and the Trans-Canada highway in Manitoba. The whole project is set to cost $30 million, with the costs being shared equally between the city of Winnipeg, the Manitoba government and the Federal government.

December 17, 2015

Governments finalize agreement to build road to Shoal Lake 40

Winnipeg Free Press

The sound of drumming reverberated around the Grand Staircase within the Manitoba Legislative Building as all three levels of government agreed to end the century-long isolation of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

Ottawa, Manitoba and Winnipeg formalized their commitment on Thursday to build an all-weather road to the northwestern Ontario Anishinaabe community that was cut off from the mainland by the construction of the Winnipeg Aqueduct.