Manitoba has been named one of the worst places for First Nations people to live in Canada, as the region’s natives are more likely to grow up in poverty and poor housing conditions.
Many homes on Manitoba First Nations also lack running water, particularly those situated in St. Theresa Point, documents of the Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development stated.
The 2014 report also said almost one-third live in reserve homes “in need of major repair”, marking the second-highest percentage in Canada.
“The housing backlog, overcrowding issues, mould and inadequate condition of many of the on-reserve housing units remains a significant First Nation concern,” the update said. “Key challenges continue to include affordability, low income and high social assistance rates.”
Aboriginals in the area are also more likely to “drop out of school, live off social assistance in dilapidated housing and suffer family violence.” Their life expectancy is eight years shorter compared to other Manitoba residents.
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