Residents of remote Manitoba First Nation able to finally return home

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More than 1,000 residents of a remote Manitoba First Nation will finally return home now that the power has been restored in their community.

On Monday it was announced that residents of Little Grand Rapids First Nation (LGRFN) would begin boarding planes in Winnipeg and returning to the northern Manitoba community they call home.

Many of those now returning home have been living in hotel rooms in Winnipeg since July when LGRFN was evacuated due to wildfires, and they have not been able to return home because electricity has been knocked out in the community since then.

LGRFN leadership say they have now determined that it is safe for First Nation members to return to their homes because of the restoration of power in the community, and said the Canadian Red Cross is now coordinating the transport of residents.

Flights taking community members to the community from Winnipeg started on Monday, and the entire return home operation is expected to last until Wednesday.

Due to the July wildfires, more than 500 members of nearby Pauingassi First Nation were also evacuated with many coming to Winnipeg, and members of that community are now expected to begin heading home later this week, according to the Red Cross.

— Dave Baxter is a Local Journalism Initiative reporter who works out of the Winnipeg Sun. The Local Journalism Initiative is funded by the Government of Canada.

Dave Baxter, Local Journalism Initiative Reporter, Winnipeg Sun

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