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B.C. first province to have funding available for on-reserve housing

The B.C government is pledging $550 million over the next 10 years to build and operate 1,750 new units of social housing for projects, both on- and off-reserve in Indigenous communities. The funding will make British Columbia the first province in Canada to invest provincial housing funds into on-reserve housing. Read the rest of this entry

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Prominent Mi’kmaq Warrior evicted from apartment calls for reform

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Suzanne Patles on Treaty Day in 2016 with her son. Patles received an eviction notice from her landlord in Eskasoni. Photo: Trina Roache/APTN

by Trina Roach, APTN National News, April 7, 2017

An eviction notice for a well-known Mi’kmaq warrior has her raising questions around housing security for people who rent apartments on reserve.

Suzanne Patles, a key figure in the 2013 fracking protests near Elsipogtog, NB, is a band member of the Eskasoni First Nation in Nova Scotia. She’s lived in the same apartment there for over 11 years, along with her partner and three sons. Read the rest of this entry

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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