Aboriginal flood evacuees pressure Manitoba, Ottawa to provide new homes
High water levels are shown on the Lake St. Martin First Nation in spring 2011.
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, November 26, 2012 12:53PM CST
Last Updated Monday, November 26, 2012 1:05PM CST
WINNIPEG -- Aboriginal flood evacuees in Manitoba say they are being stonewalled in their search for a new place to live.
Roughly 2,000 people from six First Nations are still out of their homes after extensive flooding in May of last year.
Many have been put up in Winnipeg hotels.
Chief Adrian Sinclair of the Lake St. Martin First Nation says his members have their eye on a new site, but are being pressured to accept an old military base that isn't suitable.
Another Lake St. Martin resident, Myrle Ballard, says her community is paying a heavy price because it was artificially flooded by water diverted from Winnipeg and other larger centres.
More than a dozen residents rallied outside the legislature Monday.