'Nothing Has Been Done' to Save Remote First Nation from Mould, Dirty Water Like Liberals Promised
Frustrated leaders of a remote First Nation in northern Ontario say they may be forced to evacuate the community unless they get immediate help dealing with mould-infested housing and sick children.
Cat Lake First Nation, located about 600 km north of Thunder Bay, declared a state of emergency a month ago after inspections found black mould in most houses in the community and recommended that more than three-quarters of the homes "be entirely replaced" because of mould and other issues.
A door-to-door survey also found that at least 100 children in the community of 700 people suffer with respiratory problems and severe skin conditions caused by squalid living conditions, band councillor Joyce Cook said.
She described the situation as desperate and said widespread health problems are also taking a psychological toll. Many houses are already overcrowded and there's nowhere for people living in mould-infested homes to go.
But Cook said that despite repeated calls for help from the federal government, the band is still no closer to getting the help it needs.
"We're not even being recognized or heard," she told a news conference in Toronto. "It's just an echo through the woods."