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Shoal Lake 40: portrait of a resilient community

Join guest host Ismaila Alfa on a journey to Shoal Lake - and meet some of the resilient people who call the isolated community home.
Students outside the Shoal Lake 40 Ojibwe Heritage School (CBC)

Shoal Lake 40 is a beautiful place with a painful history.

A century ago, the community was forced to move from its ancestral village site so Winnipeg could build an aqueduct. Today, the people of Shoal Lake 40 live on a man-made island that straddles the Manitoba-Ontario border.

And they've been under one of the longest boil-water advisories in Canada – nearly two decades.

But there's hope. The federal government just announced funding for 'Freedom Road', which will finally connect Shoal Lake 40 to the outside world. 

This week, join guest host Ismaila Alfa on a journey to Shoal Lake - and meet some of the resilient people who call the isolated community home.

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