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Oct 25, 2023
PRINCE GEORGE – One little word has been top of mind for everyone, government and social service agencies alike. And that word is “housing.”
And that is the focus of a gathering of the B.C. Assembly of First Nations in Prince George this week. And the challenge often in northern and rural B.C., is adequate resources to address housing.
“Just, you know, this imaginary line on-reserve /off-reserve,” says Michael Sadler, Executive Director of the First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council. “So just go talk, break some bread. Listen to what their concerns are. And we need to have that reciprocity happen right. Because it’s just like a marriage. You can’t you can’t go into a marriage and expect all these great things to happen if you don’t communicate. So we need to do that. And that needs to happen in a big way. And I don’t think is happening as well as we could.”
Mayor Simon, you opened the event for whom housing is a personal issue.
“We need to work together as one people. First Nations Housing Group, Provincial Government. B.C. Housing. Municipal government. We provide infrastructure. We need to find a solution. A permanent solution to address this issue seriously and the time to talk is over.”