First Nation housing complex’s heating issues worry family –

by aanationtalk on November 8, 2012748 Views

CBC News Posted: Nov 8, 2012

A Winnipeg woman says her daughter’s family has been trying to stay warm in their First Nation housing complex since the furnace broke down this fall, but there are concerns about how they are expected to heat their home.

Marilyn Courchene says her daughter and grandchildren have been living without heat for over a month in their townhouse, which is part of the Pembina Highway housing complex run by the Sagkeeng First Nation.

“I myself sat here and used the stove, for goodness sakes, to heat the place up — the main floor — [and] that doesn’t include the basement or the upstairs,” she said.

“I think it’s like a humanitarian issue here.”

The building’s furnace stopped working in September, and Courchene said following a number of complaints, all the family has received are nine small space heaters.

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