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Lake St. Martin taking Ottawa to court do demand flood evacuee benefits – APTN News

by ahnationtalk on January 13, 202067 Views

January 13, 2020

Lake St. Martin First Nation is planning to argue in court that the federal government is cutting off evacuee benefits without providing secure housing more than eight years after flooding forced people to leave their homes.

Lawyers for the community located 270 km northwest of Winnipeg are asking the Federal Court for an injunction and judicial review into what they say is a decision by Ottawa to cut off benefits for evacuees who still do not have homes in the Indigenous community.

“The original agreement from the federal government, the previous government, said everything should be fully compensated until all the evacuees are in the reserve or have houses,” said Chief Adrian Sinclair.

Sinclair was told benefits would be discontinued at the end of last month, although an extension was given until the end of January, he said.

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