The community of Pangnirtung has approximately 1,500 inhabitants, according to Statistics 2021 census Canada.
Aluki Kotierk, president of the Nunavut Tunngavik (NTI) organization, which represents the Inuit of Nunavut, noted that the report's findings reflected an already well-known problem .
We live it and we observe it, she argued. Nothing is new for the Inuit.
Aluki Kotierk wants to see systemic and transformative solutions that promote true reconciliation with Inuit populations.
Nunatsiavut President Johannes Lampe believes that a first step would be the transfer by Ottawa of programs and services affecting the Labrador Inuit to the Nunatsiavut government.
Federal and provincial governments should move away from program-based funding. Instead, they should ensure that the Nunatsiavut government has the resources to design Inuit-led housing plans and programs that take into account the realities of our region, he noted.
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Nunavutsiavut President Johannes Lampe (left) and Federal Housing Advocate Marie -Josée Houle (right), during a press conference in Ottawa, Monday.
Reacting to the defender's findings, the federal MP for Nunavut, Lori Idlout, decried the absence in the last federal budget of investments intended specifically for the northern territories in terms of housing.
Housing is a human right, and the Liberal government is failing to provide the funding or means to build or repair homes, and Indigenous communities across Canada are paying the price.
A quote from Lori Idlout , Federal Member of Parliament for Nunavut
Marie-Josée Houle is hopeful that her report will lead to changes: It's not because the report is out that the work is done, she said. We will monitor whether it leads to results and action.
It will be up to Federal Housing Minister Sean Fraser to accept or not his recommendations.
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