Canada to rebuild Kashechewan Reserve

The government of Canada signed an agreement today to rebuild the Kashechewan Reserve in northern Ontario.

The agreement calls for the redevelopment of homes and infrastructure on the reserve. Homes have been flooded twice in the last three years and a water crisis forced an evacuation in 2005.

Most members of the Kashechewan First Nation want to move to higher ground. But costs of that effort could top $500 million.

"All parties will immediately begin work on a comprehensive community planning and redevelopment process to address priority areas such as: skills development; on-reserve housing; socio-economic sustainability; health programs and facilities; public safety; infrastructure development, remediation and maintenance; and schools and community facilities," according to a press release from Indian and Northern Affairs Department.

Get the Story:
Ottawa announces deal to rebuild Kashechewan reserve (CBC 7/30)
Press Release: Canada's New Government signs agreement with Kashechewan First Nation to redevelop community (INAC 7/30)
Ottawa to rebuild, but not relocate, flood-prone Kashechewan reserve (CP 7/29) (CP 7/29)

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