Rescuing a community

The homes have all water lines located in the roof so they don’t freeze.

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There has been a housing crisis on the northern Ontario Attawapiskat reserve since July 11, 2009, when a flood of wastewater hit eight buildings. The community has also been without a primary school for more than 10 years because of a diesel spill that contaminated the site in 1979.
3 bedrooms 75 m2 (807 ft2)

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Attawapiskat

DELIVERY
About 1,800 people live in Attawapiskat. Some families are without water or electricity, and others have had their basements flooded by wastewater — these families are living in shelters and tents as winter sets in.

EXTREME COLD

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Moosonee

Maple Leaf Homes will send a specialist team to assemble all the homes in the frigid conditions.

Wait for the 22 houses ice path
The 22 houses should be delivered to Moosonee before Christmas. The challenge will be waiting for the ice road to freeze, connecting Moosonee to the reserve.

will be delivered

WASTE

The band council is responsible for all sewer connections and water, but the team that is delivering the homes will lend a hand.

Construction in Fredericton
QUÉBEC

Three houses a day

ONTARIO Ottawa

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Last week, the federal government announced the purchase of 15 modular homes at the cost of $1.2 million. Attawapiskat Chief Theresa Spence has since requested a total of 22 homes. Aboriginal A airs Minister John Duncan said o cials from his department were not aware of the housing crisis in Attawapiskat before Oct. 28, 2011, despite having visited the community several times in 2011.

15 HOMES APPROVED: $1.2 MILLION

The 300 workers at Maple Leaf Homes can build up to three houses per day. The houses will be sent from Fredericton on Dec. 19.

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NEW BRUNSWICK
Fredericton

JUSTIN STAHLMAN/QMI AGENCY

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