Ceremony marks construction of new road to Shoal Lake 40 First Nation

first_imgSHOAL LAKE, Ont. – A celebration has been held in Shoal Lake 40 First Nation to mark the beginning of construction of a new all-weather road.The 24-kilometre Freedom Road will connect Shoal Lake 40 to the Trans-Canada Highway in Manitoba.It will provide year-round access between the mainland and the isolated community, which is located in northwestern Ontario just east of the Manitoba-Ontario boundary.Shoal Lake 40 Chief Erwin Redsky called Friday “a special day” and told a crowd of about 50 people gathered inside the community’s arena that it has been a long journey to get to this point.The community was cut off from the mainland more than a century ago during construction of an aqueduct that supplies Winnipeg with drinking water.Shoal Lake 40 has been under a boil-water advisory for 20 years.Once the road is built, a water treatment plant will be the community’s next big project.Right now, residents rely on a barge that can carry four vehicles at a time to get on and off the island.While a celebration was held Friday, construction started in the middle of May on the first portion of the road, which is an 8.7 kilometre stretch located on reserve land.Redsky tells CTV Winnipeg it’s more than a road. He hopes it can serve as a symbol of something bigger.“It is a new beginning of our relationship with Canada,” said Redsky. “This is a major milestone.”“Shoal Lake 40 has been that model of a broken relationship since treaty. We are working toward that reconciliation and Shoal Lake 40 can be that model.”(CTV Winnipeg)last_img read more

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Film academy CEO on how to get Canadians to care about Canadian

first_img LEAVE A REPLY Cancel replyLog in to leave a comment Advertisement Facebook Why come home to take a seemingly thankless job like this?I felt like I had a unique perspective on what was coming out of Canada. I was just blown away by the quality of the work, and by the unique perspective of it. The technology piece has always been really exceptional on the world stage. I was always amazed that the average Canadian had no idea.“The technology piece”?The work that’s being done in Canada in interactive storytelling and gaming.Ah. Okay, so you’re excited about Canadian content, but how do you persuade regular folks to care about the CSAs when most of them haven’t even heard of the best picture nominees?That’s obviously the heart of the question I ask myself every single day. The way the Canadian industry is set up right now, we fund people to make work, but we don’t fund people to market work. If people don’t know a film is out there, and you’re not marketing it to them as American companies do, then you won’t get people to see it. It’s not that complicated, actually. So, one of the things I’d like to see the Canadian Academy do is actually market our content to average Canadians. Should the Canadian Screen Awards use that envelope-juggling accountant from PricewaterhouseCoopers who messed up the Oscars?Say what you will about the gut-wrenching finale, people were certainly talking about the show for days afterward. And the CSAs, which on Sunday night will celebrate the best in Canadian films and TV shows, could use whatever publicity they can get.Last June, Montreal-born Beth Janson returned from 20 years in the United States – where, among other jobs, she had been executive director of the Tribeca Film Institute – to take over as CEO of the Academy of Canadian Cinema & Television, which oversees the CSAs. Her first task? Figuring out how to get Canadians excited about an awards show celebrating movies that almost nobody has seen. Advertisement Login/Register With: Advertisement Twitterlast_img read more

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