In Western societies, when analysing or looking at the situation, people use theories or studies to guide them. This takes up time and intelligence in discussions, time that becomes more and more precious while the target group continues to struggle.
Within our Kitikmeot District Office of the Nunavut Housing Corporation, we had what seemed like a workable technical team who had the responsibility of monitoring public and government staff housing, reporting on the condition of these buildings and recommending necessary work or repair – but, by the influence of one individual they all moved to Iqaluit.
This fledgling city has about 8000 people residing there and will probably increase more as devolution comes into full force. There are also more amenities in the city, including establishments, sports activities, more choice of shopping and so on.
In the scheme of theories and studies one scenario comes to mind and that is Maslow’s Pyramid. At the start or the bottom of this diagram basic needs are mentioned, and these include food, water and shelter (housing).
If we could take the time to look at what is covered under the human rights article, we find that it is the responsibility of those with position and influence to direct and meet the demands of a particular commodity, infrastructure or service.
We have a group of hard-working individuals who have put their personal lives on hold while they assume public office as Members of the Nunavut Legislative Assembly in moving Nunavut forward. They bring constituents’ concerns to the cabinet but that is where everything is held up.
Within this scheme of governance, there are 8 departments and 5 corporations, with housing one of these corporations. My wish is that the housing corporation would be dissolved and moved into a regular department giving them more accountability and transparency in the delivery of this crucial service.
On several occasions I have alluded to the fact that policies and regulations can be amended to better represent the urgency of an essential service. Something to think about.
Nunavummiut are hurting, families are being torn apart, elders are suffering, our social agencies are pressed to their limits and we are still only studying.