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Kenora-area First Nations agree to allow Highway 17 twinning to start –

Community leaders say the project will create hundreds of jobs.

KENORA, Ont. — The leadership of four First Nations say they conditionally agree to allow the Government of Ontario to begin the twinning of the Trans-Canada Highway between Kenora and the Manitoba boundary.

Wauzhushk Onigum, Shoal Lake # 40, Niisaachewan Anishinaabe and Washagamis Bay First Nations made the announcement jointly.

They said they are prepared to give the province conditional consent to enter their territory under their guidance to build Phase 1 of the project, a 6.5 kilometre stretch from Manitoba to Highway 673.

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