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Lake Manitoba First Nation cancels Highway 68 blockade

Chief, council members reach resolution with Aboriginal Affairs over flood protection

CBC News

Lake Manitoba First Nation has called off a plan to blockade Highway 68 north of Winnipeg.

The First Nation, located on Dog Creek 46 reserve in the Interlake, announced June 27 it would stage a blockade if impending flood risks in the community weren’t addressed by the federal government.

The Chief and Council of Lake Manitoba First Nation reached an agreement with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Monday. The result of the meeting quelled fears and satisfied council members that homes on the First Nation would be protected in the event of a flood from recent rains and rising levels on Lake Manitoba and Lake Winnipeg.

“It is [saddening] that the government needs to be threatened with a blockade to hear the voices of First Nations leadership to resolve outstanding issues,” said Grand Chief Derek Nepinak in a statement.

“The resolution that was reached today demonstrates the willingness of the Chief and Council of Lake Manitoba First Nation to work with the federal and provincial government to find preventive measures for natural disasters before they are predicted.”

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