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East Side Road Authority mandate to include Shoal Lake 'Freedom Road'

A boy from the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation sits on a bridge over a channel in a file photo.

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A boy from the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation sits on a bridge over a channel in a file photo.

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Families living on the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation are another step closer to gaining an all-season road.

The Selinger government introduced legislation Wednesday to expand the mandate of the East Side Road Authority to build the so-called Freedom Road.

"Today is a historic day for the families of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. By taking on this construction project we will dramatically change the way of living for people living there," said Aboriginal and Northern Affairs Minister Eric Robinson.

"It’s not just about all-season road access, it’s about jobs and opportunities and everything that goes with that. From clean drinking water, cheaper transportation costs and better access to social services – this road would be a new beginning for Shoal Lake 40."

Freedom Road is a proposed, 28-kilometre all-season road connecting the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to the Trans-Canada Highway for a total estimated investment of $30 million. Robinson said the province’s share of funding is conditional on matching dollars from both the government of Canada and the City of Winnipeg.

"The new federal government committed during the federal election that they will be a partner in this project. My talks with the new minister have been very encouraging," said Robinson. "I’m looking forward to working with both the federal government and the City of Winnipeg on getting this road built."

 

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