Shoal Lake First Nation to Take Legal Action Against City – Winnipeg Free Press

by NationTalk on January 19, 2012536 Views

Shoal Lake First Nation to take legal action against city

By: Jen Skerritt
Posted: 01/19/2012

A Shoal Lake First Nation has told its lawyers to launch legal action against the City of Winnipeg in an attempt to halt water-sewer deals with West St. Paul and the CentrePort transportation hub.

Iskatewizaagegan No. 39 First Nation threatened to file a court injunction if Winnipeg did not respond to their request for negotiations by Friday. The community is on a section of Shoal Lake that straddles the Manitoba-Ontario border and argues Winnipeg has no right to sell water to neighbouring municipalities before it resolves decades worth of claims over lake water.

It has sent the City of Winnipeg an invoice for $8 million every month since October — the amount the First Nation calculates the city bills its residents for water usage every month.

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