WINNIPEG, May 7, 2014 /CNW/ - The Honourable Bernard Valcourt, Minister
of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, announced today that
all remaining 2011 Manitoba flood evacuees from Ebb and Flow First
Nation will be returning home.
The Government of Canada invested approximately $8.7 million for 29 new
homes and primary road work, which was completed in April.
As a result of these investments and the cooperation between our
Government and the Ebb and Flow First Nation leadership, all flood
evacuees will be back home in their community in the coming weeks.
The Government is also working with the province and First Nation
governments to return flood evacuees from other Manitoba First Nations
to their home communities.
As of early May, there were 51 long-term evacuees from Ebb and Flow
First Nation and all are expected to return to their community in the
coming weeks. Chief and Council will manage the process of moving
evacuees into the homes.
There are 29 new homes now available for community members.
The new housing has been placed in areas that are either protected by
permanent dikes built during the 2011 flood or in areas that were not
affected by that flood.
"Our Government's priority is the health and safety of Canadians; that's
why I am so pleased that all remaining evacuees from Ebb and Flow First
Nation will be able to return to their community, in one of the 29
newly built homes. We will continue working with the leadership of Ebb
and Flow First Nation to ensure the families smooth return to their
Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
"The 2011 flood was a traumatic event for Ebb and Flow First Nation, and
especially for the many people who were evacuated because of the severe
infrastructure damages. Returning evacuees home is an important step in
the recovery of our community. I thank the Government of Canada for its
co-operation, and look forward to our partnership in moving our First
Chief Nelson Houle
Ebb and Flow First Nation
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SOURCE: Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
For further information:
Office of the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development
Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada
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