Manitoba chiefs proposed a solution to the lack of running water in Island Lake homes at an afternoon news conference.
"The area has 10,000 people. Nearly half of the homes lack running water and sewage pipes," Manitoba Grand Chief Ron Evans said in a news release. "And the answer is right in front of us."
Their focus was on the completion of an all-weather road to connect isolated communities allowing for access to construction and contractor vehicles.
He was joined by St. Theresa Point Chief David McDougall and Wasagamack Chief Jerry Knott at the downtown Winnipeg office of the Island Lake Tribal Council.
The proposal comes after a three-part series in the Free Press shone a light on living conditions in Island Lake.
Manitoba has more First Nation homes without running water than any other province or territory, mostly in the Island Lake region. Some residents survive on less than 15 litres of clean water a day and resort to dumping sewage buckets in their yards.
Watch a replay of the entire press conference below. Scroll to 10:46 on the video for the start of the press conference.