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AAMJIWNAANG FIRST NATION— Community members will soon be able to enjoy walking down to the banks of the St. Clair River for a family gathering, swim, and even a barbecue, as two new boardwalks are about to open along the First Nation’s ancient highway and life-giver.
The two walkways, each stretching around three metres into the river, will be the latest additions to help build new connections to the river that were severed for many years, says Aamjiwnaang Environment Coordinator Sharilyn Johnston.
The new boardwalks, one each at the north and south ends of a two-kilometre stretch of River Road, will stretch about three-metres into the river, with the north about 18-metres long, and the south about nine metres, Johnston says.
The pathways will enable the community to “go out there and sit, play some music, sit on chairs, be with family and swim if they want, have a little barbecue. It just allows them to sit out by the water and experience the connection they used to have,” she explains.