Missionary Presence – Wasagamach, Mb
STORY AND PHOTOS BY ANNE HANLEY
A 23,000 hectare wildfire in August 2017 forced the evacuation of over 5,000 people from the northern Manitoba Oji-Cree communities of St. Theresa Point, Wasagamach and Garden Hill to Winnipeg and Brandon.
Located approximately 470 kms north of Winnipeg, the Oji-Cree communities are isolated. St. Theresa Point has a small airport accessible to residents via a short boat ride from the community dock. Wasagamach though is without an airstrip; its residents can only reach St. Theresa Point and its airport after a 10-km small boat ride.
Along with residents of their mission communities, Father Messia Vallapadasu SDM