By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS WINNIPEG- Canada’s premiers kicked off their annual three-day conference Monday by meeting with Indigenous leaders on issues including housing, child welfare and reconciliation. David Chartrand, head of the Manitoba Metis Federation, said the premiers listened as ideas were discussed on ways to build more affordable housing. Chartrand said he pointed to the federation’s recent move to pay for 800 housing units for just $11 million. “They said how can you do that? Simple, we took mortgages, we (put) down the down payment for a mortgage,” Chartrand said about a program aimed at supporting members of the federation. “They bought it because they’re all employed. All they needed was a little break.” Cindy Woodhouse, regional chief with the Assembly of First Nations, said urgent action
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