Indigenous agencies say they can’t be an ‘afterthought’ when dealing with homelessness in Ottawa – APTN News

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January 22, 2020

Governments need to include more Indigenous voices if they’re going to address the overrepresentation of First Nations, Inuit, and Métis among the homeless population in the nation’s capital, according to those working on the front lines of the affordable housing shortage.

“There needs to be an investment, more of an investment for housing. They need to be speaking with Indigenous people who actually do housing – and include us. We need to be included in every aspect, right? We’re not just that afterthought,” says Tina Slauenwhite, manager of the housing department at Wabano Centre for Aboriginal Health in Ottawa.

Wabano is one of many agencies that provide housing support services for Indigenous individuals whose name may not be on any lease.

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