Steve Bell and friends are spearheading a petition in support of an all-weather road linking Shoal Lake 40 First Nation with the Trans Canada Highway.

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Steve Bell and friends are spearheading a petition in support of an all-weather road linking Shoal Lake 40 First Nation with the Trans Canada Highway.

The federal government is the only level of government that has not committed to help fund the road. The Winnipeg singer/songwriter has teamed with SumOfUsPetition to petition Natural Resources Minister Greg Rickford and the House of Commons.

"I simply would like our government to do what is just and fair," Bell said in a press release.

Bell has sent electronic notification to his fans and supporters across Canada asking them to sign the petition. "We may not be responsible for the injustices of the past. But we are responsible now," he said in his message.

Winnipeg receives its drinking water from Shoal Lake. The city and province have agreed to share a third of the all-weather road costs.

The petition reads: "Please honour your fiduciary obligation to the people of Shoal Lake 40 First Nation by funding your share of the cost to build them a permanent all-weather road, linking their community to the Trans Canada Highway (after 100 years forced isolation) so that they may have reasonable access to the means of economic exchange and development, and to their basic human right of clean drinking water."

The petition is at: http://community.sumofus.org/p/freedomroad