MP NIKI ASHTON CALLS FOR A COMMITMENT TO FIRST NATIONS ON CLIMAGE CHANGE, SUPPORTS ALL-WEATHER ACCESS FOR ISLAND LAKE AND OTHER MANITOBA FIRST NATIONS

WINNIPEG  Churchill—Keewatinook Aski MP Niki Ashton has called on the Liberal federal government to recognize the need for urgent action to deal with the impact of climate change on access into remote Indigenous communities.

“As the federal government is engaged in its dispute with the provincial government over the carbon tax, it is critically important to recognize that climate change is a reality. It is having an immediate impact on many Manitoba First Nations’ Winter road access,” said Ashton. 

The NDP MP said that is unacceptable that the provincial Conservative government has walked away from a previous commitment to extend all-weather road access to the East side of Lake Winnipeg.

“It is time for the federal government to step in and put some of the funding that is available to fight the impacts of climate change.”

St. Theresa Point, along with Berens River, recently appeared before a federal House of Commons committee and put forward an innovative proposal that would extend road access into their committees. Ashton said that our adaptation to climate change has to be on the agenda.

“As we desperately seek to reduce greenhouse gas emissions, we must also recognize that some of the damage has already been done. In our North, in northern Manitoba and in similar regions across the country, it is Indigenous people and Indigenous communities that are paying the price," Ashton said. 

"It is time for the federal government to act."