IQALUIT, NUNAVUT – The federal government is announcing that it will soon open applications to build emergency shelters and transitional housing for Indigenous people facing gender-based violence across Canada.
Speaking in Iqaluit, Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller today highlighted money already announced in the Liberals’ 2021 budget, including $ 420 million over five years for the construction of Indigenous-run shelters .
Ahmed Hussen, who is the Minister for Families, Children and Social Development, said a call for shelter proposals would be launched in September.
Hussen says the money will be used to fund the construction of at least 38 emergency shelters and 50 halfway houses across the country.
Aluki Kotierk, president of the land claims organization Nunavut Tunngavik Inc., says funding is a good step forward, but says it’s too little, too late for Inuit who continue to struggle during housing crisis of the territory.
Kotierk says the COVID-19 pandemic has highlighted the urgent need for housing in Nunavut, with the virus quickly spreading to overcrowded homes across the territory.
This report by The Canadian Press was first published on July 23, 2021