By Don Norman
Powerview-Pine Falls Town Council has sent a letter to Chief Henderson of Sagkeeng First Nation to request that the check stop entering Sagkeeng from Pine Falls be relocated west of Dock Road so residents can access the boat launch and cemetery.
Sagkeeng erected the check stops in April and had initially placed that one on the Sagkeeng side of the boundary between the communities, but had since moved it to the Pine Falls side, blocking Dock Road.
The Town of Powerview-Pine Falls has publicly supported Sagkeeng’s efforts to keep their community safe, but concerns raised by residents of the town about access being restricted to these facilities prompted the letter.
The letter, dated May 7, indicates that the Town is open to discussions to ensure that traffic doesn’t enter the reserve via back roads. It mentions specifically the possibility of placing boulders to ensure traffic does not have access to Sagkeeng.
When asked about unconfirmed reports that people had been turned away from using the boat launch on Saturday May 9, Powerview-Pine Falls CAO, Sharon Desiatnyk said she wasn’t aware of any specific incident.
To date, Sagkeeng had not responded to the Town of Powerview-Pine Falls, nor had they replied to a phone message left by the Advocate.