Families in Nunavut need our voices and support!
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The Indigenous people of Nunavut are living in beyond deplorable conditions. This is totally unacceptable and is a human rights violation at its finest. Thousands of Nunavut residents struggle as I write this with inadequate housing. Nearly half of the territory's population of 38,000 people lives in overcrowded conditions, and Inuit leaders in Nunavut say unless decisive action is taken now, the territory's housing crisis will only get worse.
Housing organizations say they have seen as many as 20 people sharing a two-bedroom home - unacceptable!
Researchers have found that overcrowding leads to higher rates of mental health issues, substance abuse and food insecurity, while also lowering education outcomes and widening the wealth gap.
Overcrowding is also a primary factor in an ongoing tuberculosis epidemic in the territory. As a result, Inuit are 300 times more likely than non-indigenous Canadian-born citizens to catch the disease. Since 2009, 12 people in Nunavut who were sick with tuberculosis died.
REAL LIFE NOW:
Brenda Maniapik lives in Iqaluit, Nunavut, is small. It has one bedroom, one bathroom, a laundry room and a living room with an adjacent kitchen.
The space is barely able to contain Maniapik and her four young children.
While Maniapik has been here for seven years, it's not actually her house. In fact, her family lives in the laundry room.
We, collectively as a nation, MUST demand a full-stop to this inhumane way of life!
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