Manitoba First Nation seeks government support in Churchill bid

by The Canadian Press (CPSTF)

WINNIPEG, Manitoba—A northern Manitoba First Nation says it wants government support in its bid to buy a rail line and the Port of Churchill, but it’s not releasing details.

Chief Arlen Dumas of the Mathias Colomb Cree Nation says negotiations are ongoing and he is not in a position to say how much help he wants.

The community and Denver-based Omnitrax announced earlier this month they have entered into sale negotiations involving the Hudson Bay rail line and the Port of Churchill.

Dumas says the federal and provincial governments have a duty to help the rail line and port succeed.

The line is the only land link to four communities that have no year-round road access.

Omnitrax had previously indicated the rail service could be discontinued if the company did not find a buyer.