‘Business as usual … is not going to address the gap,’ minister tells Senate committee
The northern housing crisis is a $10-billion problem at least — and that’s being conservative, said Jane Philpott, minister of Indigenous Services.
Philpott spoke at a Senate committee meeting Wednesday to discuss the government’s response to the report “We Can Do Better: Housing in Inuit Nunangat,” which examines the unsafe housing conditions of Inuit living in Nunavut, Nunavik, the Inuvialuit region of the N.W.T., as well as Nunatsiavut, N.L.
Money’s committed, but planning takes time says Indigenous Services Minister Jane Philpott
The new federal minister of Indigenous services says she’s committed to helping solve the housing crisis in Inuit Nunangat, but she offered no specific timeline on when Ottawa will deliver on thousands of much-needed homes in the North.
There’s money committed, she said. But the building part will take time.
Jane Philpott appeared before the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples Nov. 1, along with Jean-Yves Duclos, minister of families, children and social development, to respond to a Senate report released in March entitled We Can Do Better: Housing in Inuit Nunangat.
The housing shortages that plague the four regions of Inuit Nunangat represent a public health emergency that requires immediate federal government intervention, the Senate standing committee on Aboriginal affairs said in a report issued March 1…
At one point in the spring of 2016, members of a Senate committee on a fact-finding mission were inspecting an overcrowded home in Igloolik, Nunavut. “I was amazed at the number of people living in that house,” said Nunavut Senator Dennis Patterson…
Housing crisis getting worse
Senator Dennis Patterson
Sen. Dennis Patterson recalls vividly his visit to an overcrowded Iglulik home this past spring, as part of on-the-ground research for a Senate committee report on housing in Inuit Nunangat.
“They were so crowded that the son and daughter-in-law had to live in a plywood shack behind the house. We were invited into that shack by the young couple with their small baby,” he said.
“It was really a shocking situation -dark, poorly insulated and primitive heating. It was a real concrete example of the desperation to which people have been driven.”