03/22/2016 12:21 EDT | Updated 03/23/2017 01:12 EDT

Advocates plead for more cash to help build road for isolated reserve

WINNIPEG — An isolated reserve under one of Canada's longest boil-water advisories is looking for more money to build an all-weather road.

Shoal Lake 40 First Nation was cut off from the mainland a century ago by construction of an aqueduct which supplies water to the city of Winnipeg.

Original estimates said it would cost $30 million to build a permanent road, but that has been revised to $46 million after a detailed design study.

All three levels of government announced in December that they would share the cost of construction by chipping in $10 million each.

Advocates appeared before Winnipeg city council today and asked that the city boost its contribution to $15 million.

Sharon Redsky, who is from Shoal Lake 40, said the road will save lives and councillors must do the right thing.

The Canadian Press