Shoal Lake 40 residents are making do. An inspection on their ferry boat isn't due until early next week. Community members had hoped to have repairs to the Amik II approved by the end of this week.

In the meantime, First Nation members are using small fishing boats to transport water, food and other essentials. Transport Canada has been working with the community, in an effort to complete repairs as soon as possible. A state of emergency was declared at the end of April, after leaks were discovered in the hull of the Amik II.

Last week, Chief Erwin Redsky suggested a long-term solution. He says their Freedom Road -- which would connect their island community to the mainland -- would cost about $30 million, and it would solve their dependence on an aging ferry. The Amik II has been out of service for the last week, after inspectors found leaks in the hull.

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