Prime Minister visits Pikangikum

With a little help from his new found fishing buddies, Prime Minister Justin Trudeau became the first Prime Minister to visit the northern community of Pikangikum, 500 km north of North Bay. (Submitted photo)

Trudeau visit: Chief says housing shortage worse than ever By Steve Lambert THE CANADIAN PRESS PIKANGIKUM, Ont.- Prime Minister Justin Trudeau is promising a remote northwestern Ontario reserve help with a housing shortage that the chief says is worse than ever. Trudeau said during a visit to Pikangikum First Nation Friday that Ottawa is serious about working with the community to improve its housing. He said more and better housing in Indigenous communities is one of his government’s priorities. Earlier in the day, Pikangikum Chief Dean Owen said the backlog of homes needing to be built on the reserve is almost twice as much as it was when he became chief. “We had a shortfall, backlog of homes back then close to 300 homes. Thirteen years later, we’re at 3,100…

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