Minister of Indigenous Services Seamus O’Regan will visit the community at some point, but no date has been confirmed.
February 11, 2019
The federal government set up a task force to address the housing crisis on Cat Lake First Nation, inking commitments to immediately begin repairs among other points, but an MP who has been advocating for action says the task force and its commitments lack teeth.
In mid-January, the remote Northwestern Ontario First Nation’s chief and council declared a state of emergency over housing in the community — many houses are riddled with black mould, negatively affecting the people’s health, causing rashes and respiratory illnesses.
NDP Timmins-James Bay MP Charlie Angus visited the community recently. “The housing is so substandard and so toxic with mould — we were coughing and getting headaches by the second or third house we were in — and yet these were homes with little children in them,” Angus said in a phone interview.