Winnipeggers walking to support a First Nation’s right to clean water

Hundreds of Winnipeggers show up to support a Manitoba First Nation's fight for clean water. Josh Arason/Global News

WINNIPEG – Hundreds of Winnipeggers showed up to take part in a walk to help raise awareness for those living without clean drinking water on a Manitoba First Nation.

It’s the Winnipeg Water Walk in support of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

For nearly two decades, residents of Shoal Lake 40 have been without a reliable source of drinking water and have struggled  under one of the largest boil water advisories in Canada.

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Freedom Road has been identified as one solution and will cost an estimated $30 million.

On Saturday, Premier Greg Selinger confirmed the Manitoba government would be reaffirming its $10 million commitment to the project.

“The provincial government remains steadfast in its commitment to share in building this road,” said Selinger.

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Winnipeggers are marching to raise awareness  and bring attention to the fact that the community has been without clean, potable water for too long.

“We want to urge the City of Winnipeg and the province of Manitoba to put their commitments into their budgets, allowing Shoal Lake 40 to begin construction of the road this winter,” said Kobra Rahimi in a press release.

Participants are being asked to wear blue to symbolize clean water and to bring an object to the walk which demonstrates how they use Shoal Lake water in their daily lives.

The event kicks off Saturday at noon at the Manitoba Legislature.


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