Shoal Lake First Nation’s Freedom Road officially opens

A First Nation left isolated more than a century ago so that water could be diverted to Winnipeg has officially opened its all-season road to the mainland.Shoal Lake Chief Erwin Redsky says the community on the Manitoba-Ontario border was an example of broken relationships with Canada but now it can demonstrate a path forward to reconciliation.Shoal Lake was cut off from the mainland more than a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that supplies Winnipeg with drinking water.Story continues belowREAD MORE: ‘This is a new beginning’: Shoal Lake 40 First Nation gets funds for Freedom RoadCommunity members had to use ice roads or an unreliable ferry to get in or out and there’s been a boil-water advisory for decades.Redsky says it still seems surreal that the road, dubbed Freedom Road, has opened.“A lot of people in the past 50 to 100 years … their comment was I’ll believe it when I see it. You can see it now, everybody can see it, it’s real.”The province of Manitoba, City of Winnipeg and federal government reached a funding agreement for the road in 2016 and construction began the following year.RELATED: ‘This is a new beginning’: Shoal Lake 40 First Nation gets funds for Freedom Road View original article here Source

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