Narrows road proposed

Richard Froese
South Peace News

Big Lakes County council supports a proposal by a First Nation for a new road near Grouard and Lesser Slave Lake.

At its regular meeting Oct. 26, council approved a request for a letter of support for Kapawe’no First Nation as it seeks government approval.

“As you are aware, we are in the process of getting approval to build a road to the Narrows and we were wondering if it would be possible to get a letter of support,” states a letter to Big Lakes council from Kapawe’no finance manager Effie Anderson.

The road would provide another link to popular Hilliard’s Bay Provincial Park, says one council member.

“It would give us a second access into the park,” Reeve Ken Matthews says.

He noted the county proposed a similar project several years ago, but it was rejected by the environment ministry.

“If something happened [such as a major emergency on the lone road to the park], there would be no way to get in and out of the park,” Matthews says.

Kapawe’no continues to draft an application the provincial government.

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