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Saskatchewan abandons commitment to improve northern airport after crash: chief – OHS Canada

Airport in poor condition, runway expansion needed, says activist

REGINA, Sask. (The Canadian Press) — The chief of a remote Saskatchewan First Nation says the province’s decision not to help improve an airport runway near his community while doing so in a city outside Regina shows racism.

Louie Mercredi of the Fond du Lac Denesuline First Nation said the province is abandoning its commitment to develop the runway by his isolated northern reserve.

He said the airport is in poor condition and the runway needs to be expanded. Mercredi has been pushing for changes since one person died and nine were seriously injured following a plane crash there in December 2017.

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