First Nation Declares State of Emergency.


(CAT LAKE FIRST NATION, ON) –Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler is calling for a coordinated response by the federal and provincial governments as Cat Lake First Nation has declared a state of emergency due to life-threatening housing conditions in the remote community.

“It is unacceptable that the people of Cat Lake suffer in living conditions that would be intolerable in mainstream society. We will support Chief and Council to ensure that the necessary housing improvements are made available as quickly as possible, especially for high-risk community members such as infants and youth, the infirmed and the aged,” said Grand Chief Alvin Fiddler. “We are calling on all levels of government to support Cat Lake with the resources they require to address this crisis and provide safe and suitable accommodation for the harsh winter months ahead.”


Chief Matthew Keewaykapow and Council made the declaration Wednesday and have notified the appropriate agencies of the governments of Ontario and Canada.

Cat Lake reports needless illnesses and related deaths caused by inadequate and substandard housing conditions plagued by mold and bacteria that are causing serious respiratory ailments. An independent report calls for the demolition of 87 houses, which would further exacerbate the crisis this winter due to the shortage of housing.

Leaders of NAN’s 49 First Nations declared a Collective Housing Emergency across NAN territory in 2014 due to shoddy housing and related health effects, overcrowding and extreme mold that exacerbates extensive and chronic health issues.


Homes in many communities last only 15-20 years due to the harsh environment and minimal construction standards. Nearly 50% of homes in NAN territory are in need of major repair.  Projected national growth forecasts the need for 130,000 new homes over the next 17 years (source: Government of Canada).

Source: NAN


11 Replies to “First Nation Declares State of Emergency.”

  1. Move the infants, youth, aged and infirmed into the school until spring, because there is nothing that can be done in the winter. How about the gym. The others can fend off the winter.

    1. Your kidding right ? There’s no such thing as sharing between bands , they hate each other . Besides , the Chiefs don’t want to give up their Florida vacation money or their Winnipeg Jets season tickets .

  2. Um if they want to be treated traditionally they can cut firewood and take care of themselves like they have been doing for 100s of years. This isn’t our problem. You live remote you get remote. Get off your asses and take care of your community .we sink enough money into these places and every couple years they rip the siding off and burn all the lumber . Cuz whitey will buy them a new one. It’s entitlement at its worst.

  3. Wow, You are right it is “entitlement” for white run businessses that build homes, roads, schools, provide air and ice road transportation and on and on. Billions being sunk into remote villages that only exist because the Hudson’s Bay Company founded a store there 200 years ago. The fur trade is gone and the HBC left 40 years ago but these villages are still populated with people who now have no livelihood. These money pits are being maintained for the benefit of the chiefs who control the purse strings and often reside in the cities and white run businesses who feed off the tax payer to build and supply these anacronysms. Urban reserves set up near to large centre would go a long way to moving these unfortunate people forward to where they can get quality education and good jobs.

  4. Maybe the government should start paying them the treaty money which they are entitled to not $5 every here which was in 1867 $5 now in 2019 would help out lots

  5. Built to lower standards , I think not just reckless abuse by the natives. If they had to pay for a home then it would be cared for not trashed then boo boo to the brain dead govt.officials for new homes to trash again. Time to take them off the tit time to wake up.

  6. We really do appreciate the comments. Thank you. It’s so nice of you people to be so generous. Please, keep it coming. Pay your taxes. Thank you for giving back. Kidding. First Nation monies don’t come from taxpayers.

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