Sen. Dennis Patterson recalls vividly his visit to an overcrowded Iglulik home this past spring, as part of on-the-ground research for a Senate committee report on housing in Inuit Nunangat.

“They were so crowded that the son and daughter-in-law had to live in a plywood shack behind the house. We were invited into that shack by the young couple with their small baby,” he said.

“It was really a shocking situation -dark, poorly insulated and primitive heating. It was a real concrete example of the desperation to which people have been driven.”

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