COVID-19 tents, shacks turned into homes amid housing crisis in Eabametoong First Nation | CBC News

COVID-19 tents, shacks turned into homes amid housing crisis in Eabametoong First Nation | CBC News
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Four canvas walls reinforced with plywood and two-by-fours, along with a few blankets and a wood stove, are Andrew Missewace and his puppy Niska’s only defence against the bitter cold of northwestern Ontario, even when the temperature drops as low as –48 C.

Missewace, 36, doesn’t have a bathroom, kitchen or running water. 

But after waiting 13 years for a home in Eabametoong First Nation, Missewace needed a place to call his own. 

He moved out of his mom’s cramped home this winter into a COVID-19 isolation tent in her yard that he built last fall with his stepdad.

“I had nowhere to go,” Missewace said. “My mom and stepdad had to 14-day quarantine here so I decided to live here. Put it to use … It’s sad.”

At least six other households are also using temporary pandemic…



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