10/29/2015 12:27 EDT | Updated 10/29/2016 05:12 EDT

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation Petition Calls On Winnipeg City Hall To Provide Funding For Road

WINNIPEG — More than 3,000 people are petitioning Winnipeg city hall to make good on a commitment to help build a road for a reserve cut off by an aqueduct which provides fresh water to the city.

The petition was started over concerns that Winnipeg is backing away from its promise to fund construction of an all-weather road for the Shoal Lake 40 First Nation.

The reserve — on the Manitoba-Ontario boundary — was cut off from the mainland a century ago during construction of the aqueduct.

The reserve has been under one of the longest boil-water advisories in Canada and its plight became an issue during the recent federal election campaign.

Christian musician Steve Bell started the petition and says the city doesn't appear prepared to put money in this year's budget for the project.

He says if the city doesn't budget for the road this year, it will delay construction of the much-needed road.

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