Give Thanks

Give Thanks

When I was 18, I spent two months in Haiti helping to build a medical clinic. One of the first things I did when I got home was to go to our kitchen faucet and marvel at the clean water flowing out of it. Clean water is something we generally take for granted…unless we don’t have it. This Thanksgiving, I encourage you and your loved ones to thank our Creator for our fresh water supply. As you do that, will you also remember our neighbours at Shoal Lake 40 First Nation who do not share that same privilege? You might want to thank them as well. Mention it in prayer, church signs, casual conversation, etc.  Don’t worry, God will tell you how to do it. Happy Thanksgiving! Rev. Rick Hill Elim Chapel, Winnipeg “give thanks in all circumstances” 1 Thessalonians...
Freedom Road MP Candidate Survey

Freedom Road MP Candidate Survey

For those who would like to consider the issue of Freedom Road in their decision-making for the upcoming Federal election, we surveyed the candidates for Manitoba and South-Western Ontario to ask if they would personally pledge their support for the building of a provincial grade all-weather road linking Shoal Lake 40 First Nation with the Trans-Canada Highway.  We sent two emails over the span of 3 weeks, and followed up with a phone call, to ensure each candidate had a chance to respond. Below are the results, sorted by party and then riding. This post will continue to be updated as we receive more responses. It’s also important to note that Justin Trudeau (Liberal Party), Thomas Mulcair (NDP) and Elizabeth May (Green Party) have all indicated their party’s support for this cause. As of yet we have been unable to locate an official response online from Mr. Harper personally, but the Minister of Natural Resources Greg Rickford has stated Conservative party support “in principle” without clarification of the term.  Local singer-songwriter Steve Bell also sent an open letter to Stephen Harper, Greg Rickford, and Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Bernard Valcourt on August 4th, but has yet to receive a response. CONSERVATIVE PARTY Larry Maguire (Brandon-Souris): No response The Honourable Steven Fletcher (Charleswood-St.James-Assiniboia-Headingley): No response Robert Sopuck (Dauphin Swan River Neepawa): No response Lawrence Toet (Elmwood-Transcona): “Thank you for contacting me in relation to the building of an all-weather road to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation. I fully support a federal commitment of $1 million dollars to fund the design costs for the First Nations Freedom Road Project. Once completed, this design study...
A Road to Set Us All Free

A Road to Set Us All Free

Republished with permission from the Winnipeg Free Press print edition September 12, 2015 A15 (except photos, which are courtesy of Moses Falco) A road to set us all free by Dave Angus, President of the Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce “Our bodies are made up of nearly 80 per cent water. That means there’s Shoal Lake in all Winnipeggers.” These were the parting words shared by Chief Erwin Redsky with our small Winnipeg Chamber of Commerce delegation to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation last week. I cannot think of a more powerful connection between communities. We were there to discuss economic opportunities between our two communities. But it doesn’t take a genius on economic development to figure out that without efficient, safe and reliable access into the community, there is not much to talk about in terms of economic potential. Connectivity is the economic lifeblood of any community, and investment in Freedom Road to empower Shoal Lake 40 First Nations is long overdue. Chief Redsky taught us a great deal about the magnitude of historical challenges his community has faced during the last 100 years. There was a time when, as part of the mainland, the community was completely self-sufficient. But through the expropriation of 3,000 acres of land by the City of Winnipeg, the picturesque peninsula of Shoal Lake 40 was amputated, literally cut off by the digging of a channel designed to keep dirty water separate from the clean water that flows to Winnipeg. After relegation to a self-made island came the closing of the commercial fishery by the Ontario government, the flooding out of any potential of...

Pin It on Pinterest