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April 11, 2024

MP rebukes top housing official for chronic underfunding of Prairie First Nations

‘That is one of the most nefarious and deceitful things a bureaucracy could do,’ says NDP’s Blake Desjarlais CBC Indigenous: A New Democrat member of Parliament rebuked a federal housing executive on Thursday, after an audit found his organization shortchanged Prairie First Nations out of more than a quarter-billion dollars in housing cash. Alberta MP Blake...

April 10, 2024

Alternative financing solutions needed to close infrastructure gap, say First Nations leaders and advocates

‘We would be foolish if we didn’t look at other options,’ says Kebaowek Chief Lance Haymond CBC Indigenous: Some First Nations leaders and advocates are saying alternative financing solutions need to be explored to help close the infrastructure gap on-reserve, especially when it comes to housing. “We’re really going to be pressing the government to come...

April 9, 2024

Assembly of First Nations says $350B needed for housing, infrastructure

APTN News: A new report from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) says $349.2 billion is needed to fix housing and other infrastructure after decades of “underfunding, failed fiduciary duties, and unfair distribution of Canada’s wealth as a country.” The report, prepared with the federal government department of Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), was released Tuesday...

April 4, 2024

PM won’t say if First Nations on Prairies will be compensated for housing shortfall

AFN regional chief hoping to make headway at meetings in Ottawa. APTN News: Prime Minister Justin Trudeau won’t say whether First Nations in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba will be compensated after the Auditor General found they’ve been shortchanged for years on federal housing funds. Trudeau was in Winnipeg Wednesday to announce $1.5. billion for a...

March 26, 2024

CMHC won’t say whether Prairie nations will get compensation after being shortchanged $274M for housing

‘Confirms what we know’: Treaty 6 grand chief says he wasn’t surprised by AG report on housing The Assembly of First Nations estimates it would take about $40 billion to close the housing gap on reserves. Photo: APTN file APTN News: The grand chief of the Confederacy of Treaty 6 First Nations says the auditor...

February 27, 2024

‘Our guys don’t have somewhere to go’: Trudeau government criticized for taking too long to fund Indigenous housing

Housing organizations supporting Indigenous people say they are desperate for the money Ottawa’s new housing strategy is preparing to distribute. NationTalk: OTTAWA — Karl Cousineau has been living in shelters for half of his life. Raised in foster care from age nine after losing his father, Cousineau moved from Ottawa to Toronto when he was 20,...

January 17, 2024

Nunavut needs more housing, but in the capital, that can’t happen without more water

The mayor of Iqaluit says water infrastructure must go alongside any new housing developments. Photo: Danielle Paradis/APTN.  APTN News: The Canadian Press – The mayor of Nunavut’s capital says the city’s housing crisis cannot be solved unless another crisis is dealt with first. Iqaluit doesn’t have access to the water it needs to support a...

August 24, 2023

Some Indigenous leaders reject PM’s ‘out of touch’ housing comments

‘I can’t believe he said that,’ responds Native Women’s Association of Canada head Carol McBride CBC News: Don’t tell Carol McBride housing isn’t a primary federal responsibility.  As a former chief, McBride remembers being in a housing crisis when she led the Timiskaming First Nation in northwestern Quebec — and that was in the 1990s....

August 19, 2023

Federal underfunding of Indigenous housing leads to years-long wait-lists, frustration

Assembly of First Nations said last year $44B needed for current on-reserve housing requirements Nojoud Al Mallees, Alessia Passafiume · The Canadian Press · Posted: Aug 19, 2023 12:34 PM EDT | Last Updated: August 19 CBC News: The Canadian Press – Stefania Giesbrecht was hoping that by the time she finished her studies, she could move back to her...

June 12, 2023

Canada’s continued ‘failure’ to provide adequate housing led to lawsuit says chief

First Nation in Manitoba proposes class action against Ottawa for housing conditions. APTN News: The chief of a remote First Nation in northern Manitoba is proposing a national class action lawsuit against the federal government for failing to address the housing crisis in Indigenous communities. Chief Elvin Flett of St. Theresa Point First Nation is seeking $5...

February 16, 2023

Liberals on pace to miss First Nations housing targets by ‘between 58 and 141 years,’ NDP says

First Nations built 4,200 new homes through federal program since Trudeau won power, documents show CBC News: Liberal government spending for on-reserve housing is on pace to leave First Nations out in the cold for decades, if not more than a century, two New Democrat MPs charged on Thursday in Ottawa. Newly released figures obtained...

January 9, 2023

Indigenous group seeks control of $300M housing fund

Funds are part of a new federal $4.3 billion Indigenous Housing strategy to support improvements to First Nation and Metis housing By Frank O’Brien | January 9, 2023, 10:40am  NationTalk: BIV – A new Indigenous group is seeking control of $300 million in federal government funds meant to deliver housing to remote and rural Aboriginals across Canada....

December 4, 2022

Investments in Inuit housing inadequate, federal watchdog says

Toronto Star: From a family living for seven years in a condemned home that was meant to be temporary to people with disabilities having to be carried in and out of their bathrooms, Canada’s housing advocate says during a tour this fall of several Inuit communities she got a glimpse into the dire living conditions...

March 20, 2019

Budget 2019 investments ignores housing crisis in Nunavut

Nationally, Budget 2019 makes major investments in housing. However, the Inuit housing crisis in Nunavut remains largely unaddressed. Housing is a social determinant of health and linked to the on-going tuberculosis epidemic, mental illness, educational outcomes and violence.

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