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Victory for Ojibway Woman Building Own Home in Northern Ontario

Darlene Necan constructing her house in northern Ontario, 2013.

Darlene Necan constructing her house in northern Ontario, 2013.

Treaty #3 Ojibway woman announces a victory!

Darlene Necan of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen #258 is happy to announce a victory in her fight to build her own home on her family’s land in Savant Lake, ON, Treaty #3 area.

In October 2013, the Ontario Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry served Darlene a stop-work order, claiming her land was Crown Land. The MNRF forced Darlene to be homeless and jobless for two winters. In a context of thousands of missing and murdered Indigenous women, the MNRF put Darlene in a position of having to search for shelter each day, hitchhiking from place to place, without any kind of safety or security.

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Homeless Native Woman Builds Her Own Home, Gets Fined And Can’t Live There

Darlene Necan, a member of the Ojibways of Saugeen First Nation.

Darlene Necan, a member of the Ojibways of Saugeen First Nation.

Inquistr.com, Nov 7, 2014

Homeless woman Darlene Necan is one of the few who have actually tried to fix her own problem. Unfortunately, the cabin she is still in the process of building in Ontario is causing her more problems than she started with.

Now Darlene cannot live in it or even continue building it because she is being fined more than she can afford. The First Nations woman is facing several thousand dollars in legal fees for attempting to build a one-room home on land where she grew up, and she believes it is because the land has become property of the Crown.

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First Nations woman told to stop building her own house

Ministry of Natural Resources says Saugeen Lake resident does not have a permit to do the work

Darlene Necan constructing her house in northern Ontario, 2013.

Darlene Necan constructing her house in northern Ontario, 2013.

CBC News, Nov 20, 2013

The province has ordered an aboriginal woman from northwestern Ontario to stop building a home on what she considers her family’s traditional land.

Darlene Necan is building her own home on her family’s traditional trapline, outside the boundaries of Saugeen First Nation, near Pickle Lake. Read the rest of this entry