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For immediate release
May 18, 2021
Treaty Five Territory, Thompson, MB – Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak Inc. (MKO) is applauding the announcement made by the Government of Canada earlier today to provide homes to three MKO First Nations: Mathias Colomb will receive 8 units, Norway House will receive 28 units, and Tataskweyak will receive 10 units. These units are being provided under the Rapid Housing Initiative of the National Housing Strategy, which is administered by the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
“At the best of times, housing is a pressing issue for all MKO First Nations,” stated Grand Chief Garrison Settee. “The COVID-19 pandemic has made the situation much worse.”
“I commend the leadership of the three MKO First Nations of Mathias Colomb, Norway House, and Tataskweyak. As well, I would like to express my appreciation to the CMHC, Honourable Minister Dan Vandal, and Member of Parliament Terry Duguid for their hard work and persistence on this issue,” added Grand Chief Settee.
“Housing is a human right. As MKO leaders have made clear, housing is a huge need in all of our communities. Today Chief Anderson of Norway House Cree Nation emphasized that we must view housing in the context of the social needs of the community; the context of community infrastructure, such as water and sewer services; and within the context of energy needs, especially in light of Manitoba Hydro and its impacts on the Nelson River and the environment,” continued Grand Chief Settee.
“Housing is a critical and urgent need that requires the cooperation of all levels of government, including First Nations governments. Innovation and creativity are two of the fundamental aspects of addressing the housing shortages of First Nations. The Rapid Housing Initiative is a step in that direction, in addition to continued efforts in the future,” concluded Grand Chief Settee.
MKO will continue to advocate for Northern First Nations and their housing needs, especially in the face of the continued COVID-19 pandemic.
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