`No one is really taking care of us’: Little progress made on improving Inuit housing
`No one is really taking care of us’: Little progress made on improving Inuit housing

By Emily Blake THE CANADIAN PRESS YELLOWKNIFE _ Meeka Atagootak says the house in Pond Inlet on Nunavut’s Baffin Island that she shares with her children and grandchildren is “unlivable” 12 years after a water truck hit and damaged it. The elder says she has had to deal with flooding, rusty pipes, mould and a deteriorating foundation, which have led to frequent health problems. Getting help has been slow, she says. “It’s been a struggle when no one is really taking care of us,” she recently said in Inuktitut before the House of Commons Standing Committee on Indigenous and Northern Affairs. Atagootak said she had trouble getting federal support because she owns her home, and her insurance doesn’t address northern needs. By the time repair supplies arrived by sealift, she

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