First Nation Sends City Bills for Water Use – Winnipeg Free Press

by NationTalk on January 11, 2012476 Views

First Nation sends city bills for water use

Threatening to take legal action

By: Jen Skerritt
Posted: 01/11/2012

A First Nation near the source of Winnipeg’s drinking water has sent the city an $8-million bill every month since October over Winnipeg’s plans to sell water-and-sewer services to other municipalities.

Iskatewisaagegan No. 39 First Nation is also threatening to take legal action against the city after learning about its plans to install water and sewer pipes in the RM of West St. Paul.

Band councillor Leon Mandamin said the Shoal Lake community has repeatedly asked the City of Winnipeg to negotiate a settlement over the lake’s water. The community of 300 on-reserve residents is located at the east end of Indian Bay, a section of Shoal Lake that straddles the Manitoba-Ontario border.

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