11/13/2015 13:19 EST | Updated 11/13/2016 00:12 EST

CP NewsAlert: Manitoba requests federal investigation on men switched at birth

WINNIPEG — Two Manitoba men are asking for a federal government investigation into how they could have been switched at birth 40 years ago at a federally run hospital.

Provincial Aboriginal Affairs Minister Eric Robinson says DNA tests show the men were given to the wrong families after their mothers gave birth in Norway House on June 19, 1975.

Luke Monias and Norman Barkman are from the Garden Hill First Nation and grew up on a reserve that is only accessible by air and winter ice road.

Robinson says there were always doubts in the community about the men's real identity and they came to him for help earlier this year.

The men's surviving parents agreed to DNA tests and the results came in earlier this week.

Robinson told a news conference in Winnipeg that the irresponsible actions at the hospital have affected the men and their families for the rest of their lives.


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