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Shoal Lake 40 Members in Winnipeg to Discuss Devastating Water Issues

July 16, 2016 9:01 AM | News

Shoal Lake 40

Kavin Redsky, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation water plant operator, prepares to treat water from the lake with chlorine in one of the community’s ten water treatment plants, June 25, 2015. (THE CANADIAN PRESS/John Woods)

Winnipeg’s water will be up for discussion today as Friends of Shoal Lake 40 host a 13 Fires Winnipeg event.

People are gathering in Stephen Juba Park to hear about the injustices and resulting tragedies from members of Shoal Lake 40. Angelina McLeod and Roxanne Greene, members of Shoal Lake 40, will be speaking and hosting discussion circles at the event.

The northern Manitoba community has lived under a boil water advisory for nearly 20 years. Shoal Lake is Winnipeg’s primary source for water.

“Winnipeggers have a responsibility to educate themselves about this issue because we are the reason it’s still happening,” said Andrew Vineberg, 13 Fires Winnipeg organizer.

“We must realize that the comforts we enjoy do not come from nowhere, but rather have dire consequences for people.”

An art installation, “Reflects in Water,” will be on display and combines statements from people living in Shoal Lake 40. It will run parallel to the Red River, along the path through Stephen Juba Park.

The event begins at 2 p.m. and is open to all.

— Staff