Couple used oven to heat trailer in need of desperate repairs, deceased’s son says
By Austin Grabish, CBC News, Feb 18, 2018
Hours after he wrapped up a protest for better housing on their First Nation, Bobby Ballantyne awoke to learn his mother and her partner had died in a trailer fire in Grand Rapids, Man. Read the rest of this entry
Elders, councillors say First Nation is facing a housing crisis as families are packed into small houses
By Tori Weldon, CBC News, June 20, 2016
People in Elsipogtog are calling for immediate action on what they say is a worsening housing crisis, as many band members live in crowded and deteriorating homes while they wait for the council to assign them a place to live. Read the rest of this entry
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett explores conditions in remote community
By Jody Porter, CBC News, April 16, 2016
The chief of Neskantaga First Nation in northern Ontario says he is not lifting a state of emergency over suicides that was issued after four suicides in 2013 until the root causes of the crisis are addressed.
Chief Wayne Moonias made the remarks on Friday during a visit to his community by Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett. Read the rest of this entry
Cause of fire on remote reserve in northwestern Ontario not yet clear
CBC News, March 30, 2016
Pikangikum First Nation’s chief says a house fire that killed six adults and three children has brought things to a standstill on the northwestern Ontario reserve.
Flames engulfed a three-bedroom home on Dunsford Road after 11 p.m. Tuesday.
“The community is just shocked … We aren’t really doing much … just … idle,” Chief Dean Owen said. Read the rest of this entry