First Nations Housing Crisis Would Be Over If Ottawa Made An Effort | Liam Massaubi

Time and time again the issue of the First Nations housing crisis makes it into the media. And every time I see it I ask myself why things aren't done right the first time. The mouldy, boarded up, plastic-covered shacks are literally third-world, yet they are considered housing rather than something to be bulldozed.

Of course the used trailers that the multi-billion dollar De Beers Company so graciously gave Attawapiskat for housing are "great" and all, but they sure aren't something I'd want to raise my child in. They are a temporary Band-Aid. And that's my point. Governments and big business come in looking good and gain media attention at a time of crisis because they offer something and say they care.

But there is absolutely no excuse for any Canadian to be living in these conditions in the first place. The main question that should come to anyone's mind is why doesn't anything sustainable get done for First Nations housing?

One of the businesses I am involved with builds custom homes and works closely with home builders. Our homes sell anywhere from $750,000 to around $1.5 million. These homes don't cost that much to put up with skilled labour or take that long to build.

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