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May 09, 2022
Until an illegal land surrender in 1907, Peguis First Nation was located on prime farmland near Winnipeg
The water was quick, unforgiving.
In a matter of days, the flooding on Peguis First Nation, believed to be the worst the community in Manitoba’s Interlake has ever seen, displaced roughly 1,600 people and ravaged hundreds of homes. Peguis has 3,521 members usually living on reserve and 6,504 off-reserve members.
The largest First Nation community in Manitoba is no stranger to flooding — over the last few decades, residents have been chased from their homes by rising waters several times — but that wasn’t always the case.
A few generations ago, the community lived on prime farmland just north of Winnipeg, far from the flood-prone delta on the Fisher River about 160 km north of the capital city where it is today.
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