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The need for Indigenous-led housing – IRPP

July 13, 2022

Home is where the heart is. It is where life begins. Home should be a place of safety, love, health, security, happiness and respect in kinship with one another. But housing in so-called Canada is anything but what a home should be.

Canada’s government-funded housing system has interfered with customary Indigenous practices. It starts at the very beginning of life, when Indigenous women are sent to hospital to give birth through westernized medicine practices. In the process, they are often stereotyped –  resulting in birth alerts that lead to unreasonable child apprehension.

As an Indigenous person who grew up in the public housing system in the Northwest Territories, I know all too well this system of oppression. I was apprehended as a child and almost became a permanent ward of the system because child welfare policies deemed my grandma’s house unsuitable. This was because my extended family lived together in a one-bedroom apartment. So, I remained in care in a basement of a foster home.

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