New bridge and road repairs for seven remote First Nations in Ontario
Sept 6, 2019
Global Korean Post
Approximately 8,100 people that live in the seven First Nation communities will be safer and benefit from the improvements.
Indigenous Services Canada is providing up to $1.4 million for the design phase.
The Government of Canada is working in partnership with First Nations to improve essential infrastructure in remote First Nations communities. Investing in infrastructure is about investing in people and communities and improving the quality of life of Indigenous communities.
On Sept. 5, Seamus O’Regan, Minister of Indigenous Services, announced the Government of Canada’s investment in the design of the Berens River Bridge and road improvements.
The Berens River Bridge design project will significantly increase access to seven remote northern Ontario communities. The project includes the design of a bridge across the Berens River, an extension of the all-season road and the realignment of the winter road.
The seven remote First Nations impacted by this project are Deer Lake, Keewaywin, McDowell Lake, North Spirit Lake, Pikangikum, Poplar Hill and Sandy Lake; the latter of which is undertaking the project on behalf of the partner communities.
Access to these First Nations is currently limited to aircraft, barge and winter road. This project includes design to extend the all-season road, realign the winter road and construct a bridge across the Berens River.