Alma Kakikepinace started her hunger strike last month
CBC News, October 7, 2016
It’s been 17 days since Alma Kakikepinace ate a good meal or slept in a real bed.
But the 53-year-old resident of Sagkeeng First Nation said she’s willing to wait much longer before she gives up on her stand to improve housing on First Nations in Canada.
Kakikepinace has been on a hunger strike, living out of a makeshift camp hung with tarps and blankets, for more than two weeks. Temperatures are dropping, and Kakikepinace said she’s no closer to achieving her immediate goal of being granted a house in her community. Read the rest of this entry
‘Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life’: Siksika man fights for right to protest
Ben Crow Chief says band members were not consulted before post-flood rebuild began
By Meghan Grant, CBC News, October 7, 2016
After living in a teepee on the Siksika Nation for nearly a year, Ben Crow Chief appeared in a Calgary courtroom on Friday afternoon, arguing he should be allowed to continue his blockade protest.
“Using the courts to take down my teepee is not our way of life,” said Crow Chief. “We’re tired of being stolen from, we’re tired of being lied to.” 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
Protesters call on chief, council to resign
CBC News, May 16, 2012
Protesters on the Tataskweyak Cree Nation in Split Lake, Man., are demanding the resignation of their chief and council over what they say are poor living conditions.
About 30 people have been protesting outside the band office in the northern Manitoba community since Monday night.
The protesters say overcrowded homes and schools, poor roads and a lack of running water are among the issues they and other band members face. Read the rest of this entry
Almost half the homes on First Nations reserves in Canada are mouldy and the high levels of toxins are making people sick, University of Victoria researchers say.
The problem amounts to a national crisis, but, despite a patchwork of programs, little has been done to address underlying problems for two decades, their study concludes.
Conditions on many reserves are deplorable and dangerous, UVic medical anthropologist PeterStephenson, who led the study said in an interview Tuesday. “For small children, it’s disgraceful,” he said. “We haven’t seen any action on this for 15 to 20 years and it’s long overdue.” Read the rest of this entry