Canada's Ice Roads Are Melting — And That Is Terrible News for Aboriginal Communities

Canada’s Ice Roads Are Melting — And That Is Terrible News for Aboriginal Communities

January 10, 2016
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“Aboriginal chiefs in Canada are blaming climate change for water and food shortages on their reserves this winter.

Isolated reserves in northern Ontario rely on ice roads to transport supplies in the winter, but warmer weather means those roads haven’t frozen yet, so food and water are in short supply.

“Everything you can imagine,” Rosemary McKay, Chief of Bearskin Lake First Nation, told VICE News. “They’re running out of food and anything they need in their home. Sugar, tea, flour, you name it.”

Bearskin Lake First Nation’s winter road is typically thick enough at this time of year for trucks to cross, but the ice is unseasonably thin and only skidoos are able to make the crossing right now.”

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