ROMEO SAGANASH DENOUNCES MINISTER VALCOURT’S REFUSAL TO MEET WITH MAKIVIK CORPORATION - Nunavik is suffering from a serious housing crisis

Val-d’Or, May 30th 2013 — New Democrat Romeo Saganash (Abitibi—Baie-James—Nunavik—Eeyou) decries the Aboriginal Affairs minister Bernard Valcourt’s lack of responsiveness to the serious housing crisis affecting Nunavik.

“The Makivik Corporation is dealing with a serious housing crisis,” indicated Saganash, the NPD Deputy Critic for Intergovernmental Aboriginal Affairs. “The Aboriginal Affairs minister, however, seems too busy to even accept a simple request for a meeting, a request made on April 8th.”

According to the 2006 census, Nunavik has the highest level of households living in overcrowded conditions. What’s more, according to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, the Canadian government is responsible for the funding of housing in Nunavik.

“It has been almost two months, but the request has still gone unanswered,” said Saganash. “Why does the minister refuse to meet with the Makivik Corporation representatives?”

Prime Minister Stephen Harper had previously promised to foster a new relationship with Aboriginal communities. For his part, accompanied by Romeo Saganash, NDP leader Tom Mulcair will be in Kuujjuaq at the end of June in order to meet with the leaders of Makivik.