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

News | July 7, 2015
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June 3, 2016

Government officials knew $30M Shoal Lake road project could cost $52M when they announced it, documents show

CBC News

Internal documents from the Department of Indigenous and Northern Affairs obtained by CBC show that when funding for a much-needed road to the isolated Shoal Lake 40 First Nation was announced last December, government officials knew the costs would be much higher than the $30 million estimate cited publicly.

A concept-phase early estimate for the Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road dated Dec. 1, 2015, obtained through a federal access to information request pegged the full cost at $52.47 million. The estimate has since been revised down to $46.5 million.

There is no agreement yet on how the extra costs will be covered, but Prime Minister Justin Trudeau says he's still committed to getting the road built. "I was in Shoal Lake a few weeks ago, and I expressed my commitment to the people of Shoal Lake that we were going to get the road built," Trudeau said Friday.

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.