Sessions continued at the 18th Legislative Assembly in Yellowknife yesterday. The main themes addressed were housing and homelessness.
Tu Nedhe-Wiilideh MLA Tom Beaulieu expressed his concern about homelessness in Yellowknife. Beaulieu says that colonialism has had a long-lasting impact on Indigenous people and lends to their socio-economic position in society.
He says that it is the duty of Government of the Northwest Territories to ensure there is enough housing for homeless people in the city.
During question period, Beaulieu asked Housing Minister Caroline Cochrane what was being done to address homelessness.
Cochrane says, that homelessness is not just a Yellowknife issue, but rather a Territorial issue.
Housing has been built in communities like Behchoko and Fort Simpson she says.
Cochrane also says that a pilot program is being developed to prevent people from losing their homes.
Currently, the amount of homeless Indigenous people in Yellowknife is disproportionate to the amount of non-Indigenous homeless people in the city.