10 Days for Shoal Lake

We invite you and your organization to join other Winnipeggers in calling on the federal government to provide the required funds to build a road that will connect Shoal Lake 40 with the rest of the world. In 1915, Shoal Lake First Nation was cut off from the main land in order to build the aqueduct that brings fresh water all the way to Winnipeg.  If this was not bad enough, for the past 17 years Shoal Lake 40 has been under a boil water advisory. While we enjoy fresh water 270 indigenous people are suffering from very limited access to the main land, deplorable living conditions and limited opportunity for economic development. Shoal Lake 40 has been asking for a road to be constructed for over 30 years now. We must Idle No More. If the Truth and Reconciliation process means anything, it means that Canadians must recognize what has happened to the indigenous people of this land and find ways to make amends. 10 Days for Shoal Lake offers us one opportunity. Help us pave a road to reconciliation.


The Plan

Our hope is to involve individuals and groups throughout the city - all social, cultural and religious groups, places of employment, businesses, and places where people gather. Our actions will be a sign of solidarity with our brothers and sisters in Shoal Lake.

Starting on July 10th and continuing through the 19th, we invite you to choose one or more of the following actions. You can add it to our Facebook event page and spread the word by sending it to wbcmoffice@gmail.com.


1.     PAVE A ROAD
Create a road-like letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper demanding justice for Shoal Lake 40. The letter can be printed in large letters at one end of mural paper and then rolled out like a road where hundreds of supporters can use markers to sign their names and leave messages for the government. SAMPLE LETTER: http://bit.ly/1KOUBUb


Sign on to the petition that Steve Bell has been urging his fans and contacts to sign. LINK: http://community.sumofus.org/petitions/road-to-reconciliation-provide-access-to-clean-drinking-water-for-the-people-of-shoal-lake

We are also providing it here as a PDF so that you can have it available at any event you plan. Gather up signatures during the 10 days and send them (free of charge) to Prime Minister Stephen Harper at House of Commons Ottawa, Ontario Canada K1A 0A6

Support the letter writing campaign that has been initiated by the Council of Canadians. http://bit.ly/1J4VQKG



Create a giant “Thank you” card for the people of Shoal Lake 40, telling them that we support them and stand with them in their struggle for justice. Design a card and invite people to sign. Or come and sign a card that has already been dedicated for this purpose at one of the locations listed below.

Post a message in support of Shoal Lake on church signs, building signs, Facebook pages, Twitter, websites, etc. Use the hashtag #Shoalidarity. Some suggested words:

      Support Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road

      Water, water everywhere but not a drop to drink. Shoal Lake

      Pave the road to reconciliation - Shoal Lake 40

      Pave a road to restitution - Shoal Lake Freedom Road 

Organizers of the Churches for Freedom Road campaign are asking faith groups to post public statements of support in front of their places of worship. Take a photo of your sign with "We Support Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road" and send it to churchesforfreedomroad@gmail.com. Organizers will be assembling a poster with these photos to federal representatives to demonstrate support for the Shoal Lake 40 Freedom Road among Winnipeg's faith communities.



Support Rick Harp’s campaign to raise the necessary funds for Freedom Road
LINK: https://fundrazr.com/campaigns/810jw4


6. Any creative response you and your community would like to make in response to the government’s lack of action on this important matter. Add your action to our Facebook event.






Grand Mosque, 2445 Waverley Street
You are invited to attend Friday prayers at 1:45 pm and/or be present to sign the Freedom Road letter to Prime Minister Stephen Harper from 2:15 - 3:15 pm.



Are you going to the Folk Festival? Download the petition here and get as many people as you can to sign it! http://bit.ly/1UvJZhA



Raj Panday Hindu Cultural Centre, 999 St. Anne’s Road  
Give thanks to Shoal Lake First Nation by signing the Giant Thank You Card designed by artist Manju Lodha                    11:00 am - 1:00 pm


Augustine United Church, 444 River Ave.

Sign both the letter and the petition following the service.

11:30 am - 12:30 pm



West Broadway Community Ministry at Crossways in Common, 222 Furby St

Sign the Freedom Road letter to Stephen Harper and sign a petition        10:00 am - 6:00 pm

Manju Lodha’s Giant Thank You Card will be available from                     10 am - 11:30 am


Mennonite Heritage Gallery, 600 Shaftesbury Blvd
Sign Manju Lodha’s Giant Thank You Card         1:00 pm - 3:00 pm


JULY 14  

Indian Residential School Memorial Circle near the Gandhi Statue and CMHR at the Forks 
Sign both the letter and the Thank you Card at the Forks. We will be at the memorial garden that honours residential school survivors. (near the statue of Gandhi and CMHR)             12:30 pm - 2:30 pm


Hindu Temple, 854 Ellice Ave

Sign Manju Lodha’s Giant Thank You Card         6:30 pm – 8 pm



Willowlake Baptist Church, 45 Willowlake Crescent
Join in worship at 6:30 pm and sign the petition following the service.

JULY 16 

Temple Shalom, 1077 Grant Avenue (entrance off parking pad, upper level... access via ramp on west side of building) Sign a petition, sign a painting, make a donation to Shoal Lake’s Freedom Road   3:00 pm - 7:00 pm



Eid Prayer, RBC Convention Centre, 375 York Ave.
You will have the opportunity to sign a thank you card to Shoal Lake.
8:30 am – 10:00 am


St. Matthews Maryland Community Ministry, 365 McGee St. (corner of McGee and St. Matthews)
No water = No coffee.  Instead we will be serving Shoal Lake water from the tap, coloured blue with the tears of Shoal Lake residents.  Sign the petition calling for a road and add your name to our thank you card.

1:30 pm - 3:30 pm 


Old Market Square,
Watch for the Freedom Road letter at the Fringe Festival. Tap water will be sold for $1 a glass with the money to go to building Freedom Road. There will also be a letter to Stephen Harper rolled out on mural paper that people can sign (if it is not raining).
4:00 pm - 8:00 pm 


Whitecloud Wedding at Adrenaline Adventures (West Perimeter at Wilkes)
Sign the Freedom Road Letter  
9:30 pm - 10:00 pm

North Kildonan United Church TBA




HOW ARE YOU SHOWING YOUR #SHOALIDARITY? ARE YOU HOLDING AN EVENT? WE CAN SPREAD THE WORD! Please let us know if your community, workplace, or school would like to join in this campaign.



Show your support and share pictures on social media using the hashtag #Shoalidarity.