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December 20, 2011. Nunatsiaq News. By Sarah Rogers.

Makivik Corp. President Pita Aatami says talks with the federal government on more housing for Nunavik have hit a standstill. But those talks may get help from a mediator in 2012, he said. Since 2010, Nunavik's leaders have pegged the number of additional units needed to relieve the housing crunch in the region at 1,000 - a need that continues to grow. So when Quebec's Plan Nord announced 300 new social housing units earlier this year - plus help to build 200 private homes - the province approached Ottawa to come up with another 500 units. But now Ottawa has told Nunavik that it has already met its housing obligations to the region until 2015, Aatami said. "The federal government is saying that it's fulfilled its obligation over the last 10 years," Aatami said. "But we're telling them it doesn't meet our needs. If this situation existed in the South, it wouldn't be tolerated." Aatami said housing in Nunavik remains a shared responsibility between the federal and provincial governments, according to the James Bay and Northern Quebec Agreement, whose Sec. 29 says "the existing provision of housing, electricity, water, sanitation and related municipal services to lnuit shall continue, taking into account population trends..."

Read more at: http://www.nunatsiaqonline.ca/stories/article/65674nunavik_seeks_mediator_on_housing_dispute_wit_Ottawa/

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