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Protesters rally over First Nation flooding

WINNIPEG — Nearly 200 people from the flooded-out Interlake First Nation of Lake St Martin rallied outside the downtown offices of Indian and Northern Affairs Tuesday.

"Our patience has run out. We want to move to higher ground," Chief Adrian Sinclair said.

About 100 members of the Lake St. Martin First Nation walk along Notre Dame Avenue heading to the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada office to protest the lack of federal government action on flooding problems and other issues.

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About 100 members of the Lake St. Martin First Nation walk along Notre Dame Avenue heading to the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada office to protest the lack of federal government action on flooding problems and other issues.

About 100 members of the Lake St. Martin First Nation walk along Notre Dame Avenue heading to the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada office to protest the lack of federal government action on flooding problems and other issues.

WAYNE.GLOWACKI@FREEPRESS.MB.CA

About 100 members of the Lake St. Martin First Nation walk along Notre Dame Avenue heading to the Indian and Northern Affairs Canada office to protest the lack of federal government action on flooding problems and other issues.

The federal government filed suit against the province in 1999 claiming illegal flooding through the operation of controls to regulate floods had ruined the land and homes and the province should compensate Lake st. Martin

"Now INAC is not listening to us. All they're doing is throwing us money to keep us quiet," the chief said.

By noon, INAC officials has yet to tell protesters if they would meet with them or lend support to move the First Nation out of its flooded lands.

This afternoon the protest moves to the legislature where the Selinger government is bringing down its provincial budget.

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