Elizabeth May calls for government action to help Shoal Lake 40 community
Stewart Redsky, former chief and current Alcohol/Drug Counsellor of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation, walks past one week's worth of 20 litre water bottles in the community's water storage room Wednesday, February 25, 2015. (John Woods / THE CANADIAN PRESS)
The Canadian Press
Published Monday, May 4, 2015 12:57PM CST
Last Updated Monday, May 4, 2015 1:07PM CST
Green Party Leader Elizabeth May says Ottawa, the province of Manitoba and the City of Winnipeg should get together to help the people of a First Nations community that's been under a boil-water advisory for 17 years.
She's calling on Prime Minister Stephen Harper and Aboriginal Affairs Minister Bernard Valcourt to restore ferry service to the Shoal Lake 40 community from the mainland.
The service was abruptly cancelled last week due to needed repairs to the vessel, effectively cutting off the reserve from access to food, clean water and emergency medical attention.
May is urging Harper and Valcourt to work with Manitoba and Winnipeg to build an all-weather access road to the community, which was cut off from the mainland a hundred years ago to divert fresh water from Shoal Lake to Winnipeg.