Canada's New Government is committed to improving Aboriginal housing: Report notes previous Government's inaction

    OTTAWA, March 29 /CNW Telbec/ - Canada's New Government thanks the
Standing Committee on Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development for its
report on Aboriginal housing.
    The committee's report concludes in part that "the federal government's
housing programs to date have failed and are failing to keep pace with the
actual needs of Aboriginal Canadians for adequate, suitable, and affordable
    The Hon. Jim Prentice, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern
Development, notes however the Committee's acknowledgement of the positive
steps taken in Budget 2006 to address the shortfall in off-reserve and
Northern housing.
    "Considerable work remains to be done to fix a system that has been
broken for years", said Minister Prentice. "The Committee's conclusion
concerning the housing crisis is a sad testament to the systemic inaction and
gross neglect of the previous Liberal government."
    In Budget 2007, Canada's New Government acted to begin addressing the
need to remedy the significant disparities in the quantity and quality of
housing available to Aboriginal people.
    "In addition, Canada's New Government has earmarked $300 million to be
dedicated to the development of a housing market in First Nations
communities", said the Minister.
    Unlike previous governments, this government is setting realistic,
measurable targets and getting things done for First Nation Canadians on- and
off-reserve and Inuit.

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For further information: please contact: Deirdra McCracken, Press
Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jim Prentice, (819) 997-0002

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