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Amnesty International visits Shoal Lake 40 First Nation in northwestern Ontario

For more than 100 years, Winnipeg has taken its water from Shoal Lake, in northwestern Ontario. The city's muncipal water supply has come at great cost to the First Nations people who live on the lake. Because of the water diversion, Shoal Lake 40 First Nation had its land flooded. The water available to them became unsafe for drinking. The irony of the situation really hit home when the new Canadian Museum of Human Rights, in Winnipeg, decided to use water as a symbol for healing. The First Nation sees the use of its water in Winnipeg, at the expense of its health, as a human rights violation. This week representatives from the Museum of Human Rights travelled to Shoal Lake 40, near Kenora. Craig Benjamin of Amnesty International was there too. He spoke to guest host Cathy Alex about his visit.
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