Attawapiskat Elder Walks for Housing Awareness

Attawapiskat Elder on ‘Journey of Hope'
Debbie Mishibinijima - Wawatay News
December 1, 2009

Sophie Spence is 68 years old but she is fiercely determined to walk 110 kilometres from Cochrane to Timmins to raise awareness of the homelessness situation in her community.

In July, Spence and several other families were evacuated from their condemned homes on account of substantial sewage damage.

"The housing for our people who are homeless should be treated with much higher priority than it is currently given," Spence said, through a Cree translator.

Some families are currently staying in a depleted healing lodge quite a distance from the community. The lodge has no telephone.
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