Churchill Keewatinook Aski Member of Parliament Niki Ashton spoke about the level of child poverty in our region. She said 63 percent of children in our region according to a recent Campaign 2000 report live in poverty and it’s directly due to the poverty of their mothers. She stated the federal government must change course and take on the factors that lead to this poverty from making healthy food accessible to tackling the housing crisis, from ending gender based violence to funding child care, from expanding employment and training to building all weather roads, from creating gainful employment to ensuring First Nations consent to development on their territories. She stands with the many women in our north and across the country who are demanding better for themselves, their children and our collective futures.
Ashton says these current poverty conditions are unacceptable in a county as wealthy as Canada.