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Addressing high rates of assault in the North ‘daunting’ as Senators press feds to support shelters, address housing gaps

By Samantha Wright Allen      

If anything, the violence is probably underreported in the North, said Rebecca Kudloo, president of the Pauktuutit Inuit Women of Canada.

The three territorial Senators—Independents Pat Duncan, left, and Margaret Dawn Anderson, and Conservative Dennis Patterson—sent a letter to cabinet in October calling out the federal government for pitting the regions against each other to fight over the two shelters earmarked for the North. Photographs courtesy of the Senate of Canada, Sen. Pat Duncan’s office

More than half of Canadians living in the territories have been victims of physical or sexual assault at least once since they were 15, a “daunting” reality that has northern Senators and advocacy groups redoubling requests for more shelters and housing as an essential safety net. 

Samantha Wright Allen

Samantha Wright Allen is a reporter for The Hill Times.
- swallen@hilltimes.com


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