Fact Sheet - 2011 Manitoba Flood Evacuees: Update

Since severe flooding in Manitoba in 2011 led to the evacuation of people from 18 First Nation communities, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, the province and First Nations have been working on recovery efforts.

Some 1,300 residents have returned to their home communities.

However, as of August 9, 2016, 1,971 people from the most affected First Nation communities remain evacuated as recovery efforts continue. More than 1,800 come from the four Lake St. Martin First Nation area communities: Lake St. Martin, Little Saskatchewan, Dauphin River and Pinaymootang.

The Government of Canada recognizes the difficult situation for those who remain evacuated from their homes. Achieving long-term accommodation for First Nation communities affected by the flooding is a priority for this Government.

The Government of Canada, in collaboration with the Province of Manitoba, is advancing negotiations for comprehensive final settlement packages that will see flood evacuees from the four Lake St. Martin area First Nations return to their home communities. Infrastructure development and community reconstruction is taking place at the same time as negotiations.

The negotiations will aim to reach final settlement packages that include flood mitigation measures, replacement lands from the province, compensation for damages, and infrastructure and housing to rebuild First Nation communities, and ultimately aim to return the remaining flood evacuees to their home communities.

The Government of Canada is also working to return evacuees from Ebb and Flow and Peguis First Nations to their home communities.

The health and safety of First Nation communities is a priority for the Government, which is taking action to ensure that all First Nation communities receive emergency services comparable to those that protect other Canadians.

Prevention/mitigation efforts are crucial to avoiding future situations such as the severe 2011 Manitoba flood. Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada invested more than $80 million to protect Manitoba First Nations from the flood of 2011. This included approximately $44 million to construct permanent dikes. An additional $10.9 million was invested after the 2011 flood to make temporary dikes permanent at 11 Manitoba First Nations: Sioux Valley, Opaskwayak, Canupawakpa, Sandy Bay, Ebb and Flow, Lake Manitoba, O Chi Chak Ko Sipi, Little Saskatchewan, Poplar River, Berens River and Kinonjeoshtegon.

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