Southern Chiefs Organization Grand Chief Jerry Daniels and Peguis Chief Glenn Hudson are calling on both the Federal and Provincial governments to provide permanent flood protection for Peguis First Nation. The community originally lived on land in the Selkirk area but was forced to relocate in 1907 to the flood-prone area near the Fisher River.
"Due to chronic underfunding of infrastructure, including flood prevention measures by governments, flooding episodes never end for Peguis" said Chief Hudson today.
This spring, over 1800 people from the First Nation were forced to evacuate their homes because of flooding. The Southern Chiefs' Organization says the federal and provincial governments need to work together to build flood protection infrastructure.