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Norway House woman tired of leaky roof, chief blames lack of funding



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Shaneen Robinson-Desjarlais

APTN National News
The rain poured into Carla Scott’s Bedroom.

Livingroom.

And bathroom.

She points to where the water streamed down the wall.

“It’s terrible, a terrible feeling, you feel so helpless,” said Scott.

She’s lived in the home on the Norway House Cree Nation for about eight years along with her elderly mother, who’s on disability, and her brother who is also disabled.

“My brother had to move out of his room and we had to kind of close that room off due to all the mould and part of the ceiling already collapsed and the walls,” she said.

“Like you can smell it.”

She is convinced the house is making her three young kids sick with pneumonia.

“Something has to be done here. I can’t live like this anymore … and every year like my kids are always sick,” said Scott.

Scott said she called on chief and council for help over the years but she is on a long list of people waiting for renovations.

APTN spoke with Chief Ron Evans and he said there are nearly 7,000 people living in Norway House and many of them have housing issues.

Evans blames lack of funding as the problem and there is at least a need for 600 new homes.

So Scott has to wait.

And put tarps over the weak roof to try to keep the next rainfall out.

 

srobinson@aptn.ca

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9 Responses to “Norway House woman tired of leaky roof, chief blames lack of funding”

  1. sandyb5743@yahoo.com'
    sandy August 19, 2017 at 2:00 am #

    it’s disgusting when some first nations fall between the cracks. the federal government has neve owed up tovtheir fiduciary responsibility in the area of housing. their programs fall short of most important thing thal all human beings are entitled to, decent housing.

  2. bdchief2@outlook.com'
    Brendon Chief August 19, 2017 at 2:37 am #

    I’m a local native carpenter. I pledge to build and or repair a few homes absolutely free if the band provides materials. Someone pass this on.

  3. sophie.lmr@shaw.ca'
    linda roberts August 19, 2017 at 5:25 am #

    No one should have to live this way.

  4. seikouchosha@outlook.com'
    SC August 19, 2017 at 6:27 am #

    The First Nations Peoples are all, the lineal decendents of First Nations no matter where you live, are supposed to be getting payments from the trust held by the Crown. It does NOT go to a Band council, the Indian Affairs Minister is your appointed PGT, as if you are all mentally incompentant persons, you NEED to go to a COURT of LAW, ask a Canadian Court Judge to emancipate you from the authority of the Indian Affairs Minister as your Guardian and Trustee! Doing so means The Crown STILL HOLDS ALL PRINCIPAL of the payments for the SALE OF LANDS IN NORTH AMERICA SO THE MONARCH PURCHASED THROUGH AGREEMENTS (TREATIES) 1600-1700’s the land TITLE, for this it meant ALL MONEY from sale was to be put into TRUST for First Nations, and ACCRUED YEARLY RETURNS like a stock market investment was to be PAID to EACH LENEAL DECENDENT NO BLOOD QUANTUM BS THAT WAS RACIST POLICY LATER, SO IT WAS LINEAL DECENDENTS ALL a SHARE OF INTEREST FROM TRUST! EACH, BUT as ALL were considered not fit to MANAGE MONEY I KNOW INSULTING RIGHT?!! The Indian Affairs agent /Minister was and IS your TRUSTEE! They MANAGE your MONEY! SO MAKE THEM GIVE IT TO YOU! EVERYONE file, claim to have money paid directly EMANCIPATE YOURSELF, STATUS does NOT mean you get paid STATUS means Indian Affairs takes and spends money for you. SO individuals go to court, emancipate yourself, like a minor child at age of majority would, like how mentally unfit persons do they go to consent and capacity board, say to the Judge they were illegal to deem you unfit to manage your own money, and no consent by you was given to Band council to manage it either, say you are mature responsible person and want payments directly paid each year for your share to you!
    Then Band councils, YOU get voted in ONLY to manage RESERVE lands, ENTAILED ESTATE LAND that is FOR ALL in the Community, The Band Councils decides what lot of land is for each person during life, it CAN NOT BE SOLD, MUST BE HELD IN TRUST ,so ONLY TWO CHOICES a lot land to each to live and build their home, they can use their person money to either build themselves, or buy a motor home to park on it, do what you like, but Band council and Government does NOT pay to fix the house you build any house you build stays can not be sold so you might not like the idea of using your personal trust, so BAND COUNCIL BUILD A CONDO for ALL then Manage it with units for each, then RENT the lake front property to outsiders PUT ALL MONIES IN TRUST FOR ALL LINEAL DECENDENTS and THAT IS HOW TO SOLVE IT! You are NOT AND WERE NOT SEPARATE GOVERNMENT! you are supposed to be PART OF THE CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND PARLIAMENT PEOPLE! A County with a riding seat like ALL OTHERS EQUAL and to have representation in PARLIAMNT! Like Westminister style where Ireland and Scotland Nations under Nation HAVE SEATS IN BRITISH PARLIAMNET! SO TOO ARE YOU AS A COUNTY RIDING SEAT SUPPOSED TO HAVE A SEAT IN PARLIAMENT! As such, your representative and ALL OTHERS is to be held accountable for ALL necessary and vital services to ALL. EVERYWHERE, for water and sewage treatment, roads, fire, ambulance, hospital, and schools, policing etc, THAT IS GOVERNMENT OF CANADA RESPONSIBILITY AND THEIR OBLIGATION TO PAY FOR FROM TAX PAYERS MONEY AND COSTS! NOT YOUR BAND COUNCILS! STOP SPENDING YOUR TRUST MONEY! IF TRUDEAU DOES NOT PAY THEN GO TO COURT STATE GOVERNMENT PARLIAMNET HAS ILLEGALLY DENIED US SEAT IN HOUSE OF COMMONS AND HAS FAILED TO MEET OBLIGATIONS OF NECESSARY AND VITAL SERVICES!
    GET HIM AND OTHER THROWN OUT OF PARLIAMENT AND SEND A MESSAGE TO ALL MPS THEY ARE GOING TO BE HELD ACCOUNTABLE UNDER LAW!
    ONLY THEN WILL YOU GET JUSTICE!
    SO STOP THE AES or SEPARATE GOVERNMENT NONSENSE! What separate Government taxations from who? No taxation without representation! you ever hear of that? or did you not? the taxpayers HAVE to be able to hold MPs in Parliament accountable!
    So when you have NO water treatment, roads, rail service to your lands, highways, police, ambulance, fire start filing law suits!
    Have the Chief state we are NOT a separate Government, we are a Nation under a nation by TREATY and as such, for Crown to obtain and claim TITLE and Government then PAYMENT was required, all land and equivalent cost of sale, was to be put in trust and yearly trust fund payments in perpetuity to ALL lineal decendents of all First Nations peoples across North America we are to be equal citizens! And have seat in Parliament. As a County Government of Canada MUST provide, MAIL, County Court House,Police ,Jail, SCHOOLS(with language rights education), Roads, Fire ,Ambulance, AT THEIR COST. Local people can apply for those jobs, make money on top of your trust fund payments yearly! then LOOK how much money you have to buy a luxury motorhome tour around or park it on a lot on reserve. Travel to see other reserves in the territory! Or build A CONDO have ALL live in it! get Government of Canada funding for homes nursing care for Old Age residences for your County and for Homes for the Disabled and Mentally Ill nursing residence that does NOT COME FROM BAND COUNCIL RESERVE MONEY APPLY TO THE PROVINCE AND IF DENIED THEN GO TO COURT SAY TO THE JUDGE WE ARE BEING DISCRIMINATED AGAINST BY CANADIAN GOVERNMENT! WE AS EQUAL CANADIANS ARE DENIED FUNDING FROM PROVINCE FOR OUR RIDINGS! WE NEED MONEY FOR COURT SERVICES BUILDINGS POLICE ETC! Then persons from ALL walks of life can work and have equal access to employment like any other town city in the Province or territory! Equal employment for all!BUT to do that you ca NOT claim separate Governments! YOU MUST BE PART OF CANADIAN GOVERNMENT AND PEOPLE AS EQUALS AS IT WAS ALWAYS MEANT TO BE! Stand up for your rights, say I am NOT incapaple of manging my Trust, each should have payments directly from Canada. issued to the person NOT the Band. then you have finance to rent an apartment or buy a house off reserve get a mortgage (I KNOW NOT POSSIBLE ON RESERVE AS THAT LAND IS ENTAILED, but it does NOT stop you from going off reserve, renting or buying property.) you say you do not want to leave the reserve and free land, and do not want to buy land, well if you are elderly then have Band Council go to court tell the judge Province has not recognized you as a district riding and County and as such has denied you funds to build County senior residence etc, or group residences for disabled etc, TRY THAT WAY YOU WILL GET FARTHER!:) 😉

  5. seikouchosha@outlook.com'
    Krista Kaufman August 19, 2017 at 6:56 am #

    Carla Scott please right away, you do NOT ask chief Ron Evans for funding, Chief lied to YOU!
    You as people do NOT ask the Chief!

    He does NOT GET THE FUNDING!

    THAT IS WHY GOVERNMENT NEVER GIVES IT! YOU ARE WAITING FOR SOMEONE ELSE TO FILE FOR YOU BUT YOU AS AN INDIVIDUAL YOU HAVE TO FILE!

    SUE THE INDIAN AFFAIRS MINISTER!

    EVERYONE, TODAY! DO NOT DELAY!

    You get a lawyer to file to the Court, and SUE the Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, THAT is WHO YOU, Carla name on the legal Paperwork!

    FILE to the Provincial Court in your nearest area!

    Fax it to the courthouse, paperwork that states the Public Guardian and Trustee for my Life estate, and that of my children’s, and my Mother, is the AAAND Minister Bennet, SHE is to be responsible on behalf of the Canadian Government appointed by The Crown in Canada as my trustee, and as such is unlawfully denying me resources and funds that are owed to me and my family, name each person, and state to the Judge that MILLIONS are being withheld from your persons, and that if the Judge will calculate, the land mass of North America that was First Nations which through treaty agreement in exchange for Title the Crown had to hold the main principal of the Trust, for all, in perpetuity for all generations of lineal decendents, and that number land mass times 20% accrued interest per annum multiplied by compound interest, over several hundreds of years now and that number Billions times Billions times billions ADD IT UP it what THE CROWN HOLDS AS PRINCIPAL, the taxation THE CROWN collected since from holding TITLE goes into the “COMMONS” for ALL PEOPLES USE IN GOVERNMENT OF CANADA, and THAT is what the Canadian Government uses for ALL Government funds, BUT the payments from YOUR TRUST as a lineal decendent of First Nations, is being stolen, it is separate,withheld, illegally so, by a CRIMINAL MINISTER BENNET AND CRIMINAL GOVERNMENT OF CANADA BY PRIME MINISTER TRUDEAU who ILLEGALLY HOLDS YOUR MONEY FROM YOU!

    Explain to the Judge, that like the PGT if they abused and left any other citizens abused and without proper housing then the PGT gets arrested like ANY POWER OF ATTORNEY they are CRIMINAL if they steal or withhold the money from the persons care and well being housing house hold management and needs and food etc so all money that IS YOURS is being DENIED YOU by THE CRIMINAL JUSTIN TRUDEAU PRIME MINISTER AND THE CRIMINAL MINISTER BENNET OF INDIAN AFFAIRS AND AS SUCH, You Carla Scott want to apply to the Court to emancipate yourself, from the AAAND and have the Court abolish such illegal statutes as, The Racist Insulting Indian Act that is racist and discriminatory policy trying to rob you of your independence as a member of society.

    State that you are capable of managing your own affairs and want the trust paid directly, it DOES AMOUNT TO MILLIONS for EACH person DO THE MATH , yearly!!! ***YEARLY*** MILLIONS, so PM Trudeau and Indian Affairs Minister Bennet IS CRIMINAL as your TRUSTEE leaving you with squalor all the while robbing YOU and YOUR FAMILY OR RIGHTFUL MONIES OWED all the while Trudeau gives it overseas to Palestinians and to Syrians, THAT IS CRIMINAL!

    Apply to the Court NOW ASAP DO NOT WAIT I SWEAR TO YOU, THAT YOU CAN GET MONEY YOU DESERVE BUT IF YOU NEVER APPLY THEY KEEP IT SAYING YOU MUST NOT BE COMPETENT.

    YOU SIT THERE IN SQUALOR PROVING YOU CAN NOT MANAGE IT, BUT PROVE THEM WRONG STAND UP AS A LEADER IN YOUR HOME AS A MOTHER AND A DAUGHTER AS A PROUD NATIVE WOMAN AND LEADER STAND UP AND APPLY TO THE COURTS FOR YOUR RIGHTFUL MONEY! FOR YOUR RIGHT AS AN EQUAL CITIZEN OF CANADA AND TO BE RECOGNIZED!

    Use the wording in this! COPY it and FILE RIGHT AWAY to the COURTS! GOD BLESS YOU! JESUS LOVES YOU! THERE IS MONEY AWAITING YOU, YOU HAVE TO APPLY TO THE COURT TO GET IT! TAKE ACTION TODAY!

  6. jfazio@mymts.net'
    Judy Fazio August 20, 2017 at 5:20 pm #

    I’ve watched this video twice. Slept on it and went over the post again. As different emotions have come over me, I’m now stuck on furious with the Norway House Chief and Council. In their response all they did was ask for more funding!!!
    I want to tell council member that our house is 110 years old and when it rains we’re dry and in winter we’re warm. In our eyes a house that is 30 or 40 years old is new! If we did not fix our roof when in first started leaking our home would now be uninhabitable too. Does Norway House not have a maintenance fund? Every payday we put a little money into an emergency fund for such things. Can Norway House not do this? ‘A Stitch in Time Saves Nine’ and it’s not so costly to fix.
    This family has been asking for help for years and the councils’ only response is to ask for more funding. What a shameful response from a group that is there to be looking after their people.
    Not to mention how deadly being surrounded by black mould is, I’m terrified that someone is going to be electrocuted, or the roof may fall in on them all. Surely the council can brainstorm and find an emergency safe home for this family, even if it’s temporary.

  7. Sandraross1764@gmail.com'
    Sandra August 21, 2017 at 1:34 pm #

    Same situation wth my house. Now I am homeless because of it. Waiting on a new house. Have to pay for own repairs even though it is band house. Now out of money & a house.

  8. joannehusak123@gmail.com'
    Joe August 21, 2017 at 4:19 pm #

    What is being done with the money the Federal Government sends for home maintenance?

  9. Anonymous@hotmail.com'
    Anonymous August 21, 2017 at 4:26 pm #

    Evans blames lack of funding, at this time I have a relative that is getting kicked out of her house as they say not enough people living there, they had moved her from her house to another house that was a dump with mould and everything else. My relative is disabled with health issues and moved her to unsanitary house that was filthy and all appliances rocked and disgusting. My relative will be removed any time soon as she will be homeless herself and she does not have any other family members to move in with. I’m her household she does have a nephew that was CIC that aged out and does not have anywhere to go and she also resides with a son and a niece with 3 babies and another on a way. They all will be homeless when they get evicted from that house in niska view. Talk about band housing and people don’t know that the band owes them and you could be evicted anytime to put there own relatives there to just accompanied them. When my relative does get evicted she will go to media and expose of the treatment she got from housing and chief and council. Something has to be done for the people that have. I place else to go and get all renovations done in the community to live in good healthy homes, start training the youths to repair houses. Housing is a big issues with all First Nations communities