Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta First Nation Residents Concerned over Rebuilding Homes in Flooded Area

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Alberta First Nation Residents Concerned over Rebuilding Homes in Flooded Area

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First Nations residents set up road block

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SIKSIKA, Alta. - Residents of a southern Alberta First Nation have set up a blockade on one of their roads.

They were evacuated from their low-lying homes due to record flooding in June 2013, and say their chief and council are not listening to their concerns about where new housing is being built.

Ben Crowfoot is taking part in the blockade preventing construction crews from getting into the area.

Residents recently submitted a petition to the Siksika chief and council demanding control of where the new homes are located.

About 100 homes were destroyed during the flood, and nearly 1,100 band members have been without a permanent home since then.

Chief Vincent Yellow Old Woman says he's aware of the concerns, and believes that it must be fixed from within.

"We've identified that," Yellow Old Woman said Wednesday. …

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