Prime Minister Visits Pikangikum Reserve And Address Housing Issue

THE CANADIAN PRESS/Fred Chartrand

During a visit to the Pikangikum reserve, the Prime Minister promised to make housing for the community and other Indigenous reserves his top priority.

Currently the Pikangikum community has a housing crisis, where approximately 600 homes are waiting to be built.

The reserve is struggling to accommodate the population which has been steadily increasing, from 1,800 in 2005 to 3,100 to date.

Although some new homes and schools have been built, they are inhabitable as electricity has not been properly set up.

The community has been using Diesel fuel, but the federal government recently provided $60 million dollars to connect the Pikangikum community to Ontario’s power supply.

About the Author

Kristen Berkeley
Kristen is a multimedia journalist, reporter and producer at CKLB. Originally from Toronto, Kristen was interested in Indigenous issues and decided to relocate to Yellowknife to join CKLB. Kristen received her education from York University with degrees in Political Science and Communication. She is also a graduate from the Seneca-at-York Broadcast Journalism program. If you want to get in contact with Kristen, send her an email at Kristen.berkeley@cklbradio.com

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