July 16, 2014 1:17 pm

Manitoba community evacuated in 2011 flood takes step toward new home

Lake St. Martin Chief Adrian Sinclair and his band have been negotiating for a new location for their First Nation since they were flooded out in 2011.

Fred Lum / The Globe and Mail

WINNIPEG – Just over 1,000 aboriginal flood evacuees in Manitoba are one step closer to getting a new home.

The residents of Lake St. Martin First Nation have been displaced since a flood in 2011 devastated their community.

The band, led by Chief Adrian Sinclair, has been in protracted negotiations with the federal and provincial government to find a new home on dry land.

All three sides have a tentative agreement for a new reserve near the old, chronically flooded community.

The agreement is expected to be voted on by residents of the First Nation in the fall.

It has cost almost $100 million to care for almost 2,000 aboriginal people who are still out of their homes three years after heavy flooding in Manitoba.

 

Global News

© The Canadian Press, 2014

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