September 25th, 2020
MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq to Trudeau: Leave empty words behind, people in Nunavut need real action
OTTAWA – Following the Throne Speech, NDP MP Mumilaaq Qaqqaq (Nunavut) sent a clear message to Justin Trudeau that people in Nunavut need real action to fix the housing crisis they are facing. His empty words and broken promises have not helped anyone in the North. In Parliament on Wednesday, Qaqqaq reminded the Liberal government of their failure in upholding people’s basic human right to housing in Nunavut.
“Since the Liberal government has been in power, it talked about a distinctive Indigenous housing strategy in 2017 and in 2019, about investing in more housing. We have yet to see these two items come into full action,” said Qaqqaq. “Homes in communities across Nunavut are infested with mould and most of them are overcrowded. I also heard of parents losing their children to the foster care system because their homes were deemed unfit. This is cannot go on. People are tired of the Liberals’ empty words.”
Last month, Qaqqaq travelled to seven Nunavut communities, visiting over 100 homes. From mould, to overcrowding, to elders forced to live with their abusers are Nunavut experiences that are a result of the impacts of the Liberals’ empty promises of safe and adequate housing.
“I did not have expectations of this Throne Speech,” said Qaqqaq. “Since the day I was born, Inuit have heard promises of a good life, of positivity, of being able to contribute to society in a healthy way, of having basic human rights and we continue to have those promises broken. When will the federal government stand up for Inuit and provide basic human rights, at least basic housing?”