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Canada to Relocate Often-Flooded Ontario Community

Canada to Relocate Often-Flooded Ontario Community

Created: May 09, 2019 06:02 PM

The Government of Canada has reached an agreement with the Kashechewan First Nation to move the community away from a flood-prone area.

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The Kashechewan First Nation was moved to its current location on the Albany River in northern Ontario several decades ago, but the area often floods in the spring.  When there is a danger of flooding, displaced community members are flown to Thunder Bay and other cities for shelter.

Chief Leo Friday, Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O'Regan, and Minister Greg Rickford signed a framework agreement to relocate the community to higher ground on Thursday.

"Today's Kashechewan Relocation Workplan Summary will guide our next steps together. This is a complex, multi-year process. While we are moving forward with this work, we have agreed that interim dyke repairs and improved drainage are important to keep the community safe. Funding has been identified for this purpose," O'Regan said in a news release.

News of the agreement comes as Kashechewan community members have been evacuated for several weeks as a precautionary measure, but are expected to return home once the risk of flooding passes.

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