Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Six Years Later: New Houses Headed to Manitoba First Nation Forced out by Flood

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

Six Years Later: New Houses Headed to Manitoba First Nation Forced out by Flood

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New houses finally headed to flooded reserve

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WINNIPEG - The first new houses are on the way for a Manitoba First Nations community devastated by flooding six years ago.

The Lake St. Martin reserve was hit hard in the spring of 2011 and almost 2,000 people had to leave their homes.

Last November, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada put out a bid for tenders to build 150 homes in the community.

Many have been living in hotels and rental suites in Winnipeg and elsewhere during the long wait to return home.

Matix Lumber held a celebration Thursday morning to mark the first home leaving its yard and heading to the reserve, about 225 kilometres northwest of Winnipeg.

Lake St. Martin Chief Adrian Sinclair, members of his council and representatives of the provincial and federal government attended the ceremony. …

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