WINNIPEG – A kickstarter campaign is underway to pay Ottawa’s portion of an all-weather road for a reserve under one of the longest boil-water advisories in Canada.
The fundraising campaign began Monday and has already raised $11,000.
Organizer Rick Harp is hoping to raise $10 million to pay the federal government’s share of a permanent road for Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.
The reserve, which straddles the Ontario-Manitoba boundary, was cut off from the mainland a century ago to build an aqueduct which supplies Winnipeg with fresh water.
Residents were left in tears last week when a federal cabinet minister visited the reserve, but refused to commit to seeing a road built.
Harp says the fundraiser is a way for people — especially those who have enjoyed the reserve’s water for a century —to show their support for the First Nation and let the federal government know how they feel.