Northern First Nations say the lack of ice roads after a delayed start to winter is putting a strain on their communities.   

The chief of Bunibonibee First Nation, commonly known as Oxford House, said it's expensive to fly essential goods in without winter roads.

It costs about $6,000 to charter a plane from Winnipeg.

Roads near the First Nation are starting to be prepped for an ice road, but Chief Timothy Muskego said they still won't be ready for another week or two.

"And also the cost of food, essentially foods like milk and bread, can become very costly to fly them in," he said.

The community is working to build an all-season road, but that will take several years to complete.

Earlier this month, First Nations raised concerns about warm weather and climate change affecting the vital roads.