OTTAWA, June 14, 2012 /CNW/ - A new report released today by the First
Nations Information Governance Centre paints a dispiriting national
picture of the housing deficits that exist for many First Nations
"It's disconcerting to note that there has been little change on many
key housing issues over the last five years", says Jane Gray, National
Project Manager for the First Nations Regional Health Survey, or RHS.
"In fact, some indicators have gotten worse. It's not just Attawapiskat
or northern communities that have poor housing."
According to the findings, there has been a significant increase in the
presence of mould and mildew within homes - now at a striking 51% of
homes compared to 44% in 2002/03. Further, more than two-thirds (70.8%)
of First Nations adults reported that their household was in need of
some type of repair compared to one-quarter (25.7%) of the general
Canadian population. Of those reporting their household needed repairs,
37.3% stated the needed repairs were major.
"These are critical issues, impoverished housing conditions have been
shown to be linked with a variety of health indicators, such as
increased rates of chronic disease" adds Ms. Gray.
Approximately one-quarter (23.4%) of First Nations adults reported
living in over-crowded housing, defined as more than one person per
habitable room, which represents a substantial increase from 2002/03 at
Many adults indicated that their household did not have basic safety
equipment, such as working smoke detectors (22.6%), fire extinguishers
(53.1%) and carbon monoxide detectors (78.1%).
When it comes to water quality, 35.8% of First Nations adults reported
the main water supply in their homes to be unsafe for drinking year
Jane Gray says, "This is the unfortunate reality for many First Nations
reserves across Canada."
Designed as a companion to the RHS, a community survey was conducted
across 235 First Nations communities, in an attempt to complement the
results from 2008/10 Regional Health Survey for Adults, Youth and
Ms. Gray added, "Community level factors play an important role in
better understanding individual health and well-being outcomes".
Results from the 2008/10 community survey report will be released in the
near future. The provision of quality housing is a complex issue. The
RHS process, through the collection of sound information, will play an
active role in informing policy and programming, with the ultimate goal
of improving housing conditions for First Nations living on-reserve and
in northern First Nations communities.
SOURCE The First Nations Information Governance Centre
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