Ashton calls on Federal Government to Partner in All-Weather Road

For Immediate Release

OTTAWA – New Democrat MP Niki Ashton (Churchill) stood in the House of Commons and asked the Federal government to partner with the Island Lake First Nations and the Province in building an all-weather road to the four First Nations.

Yesterday the Island Lake Tribal Council and Assembly of Manitoba Chiefs had a Press Conference asking for federal commitment to an all-weather road to Island Lake as a way of dealing with the Third World living conditions on their First Nations. Direct links were made between the lack of a road network and the challenges Wasagamack, St. Theresa Point, Garden Hill and Red Sucker Lake are facing in their communities.

“The First Nations are speaking out, the Provincial Government is on board – why is the Federal Government failing to be part of the solution?” asked Ashton. “Climate change has cut the ice road season and this region of 10,000 people and growing needs a stable transportation route to access goods and services for health, housing, education and economic development.”

Ashton asked the government, “Why will the federal government not commit to road access and end the third world conditions in our own country?”