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(en) Canada, Collectif Emma Goldman - Roberval: A Victorious Fight to Advance Affordable Housing for Indigenous Peoples (ca, de, it, fr, pt, tr)[machine translation]

Date Thu, 22 Sep 2022 08:09:48 +0300

A particularly bold action has taken place in Roberval in recent days in a context marked by the social tensions that had been described in a previous article. Since an affordable housing project for Aboriginals was put on hold, after more than two years of waiting and for lack of sufficient funding from the Société d'Habitation du Québec (SHQ), the Center Mamik du Lac -Saint-Jean organized a camp on the project site to help homeless Aboriginal people in the city. Composed of two large tents equipped with mattresses installed on the fir tree, the camp accommodated and fed for five days more than a dozen people from 18 to 75 years old. Large posters were installed to claim the right to housing for Aboriginal people. Very soon, the camp was declared illegal by the city authorities. Activities such as a corn roast and a drumming group took place on site. A few groups, including the Collective of Immigrant Women of Saguenay-Lac-Saint-Jean, also came to lend their support.

After a tolerance of two days at the start, the action bent the mayor who had to concede that there were no resources for homeless people at night in Roberval and that it was a real need. Through the voice of its spokesperson, the Mamik Center showed itself ready to continue camping beyond these two days, and even if a threat of eviction were to hover, as long as it did not gain of cause. This determination got the better of the authorities, whose municipal council finally decided, before the start of a new week, that the camp would be tolerated for a few additional days for humanitarian reasons. The camp ended after receiving positive signals from the SHQ for the release of the file.

Direct action brings gains and we can bet that institutions such as the Secretariat of Aboriginal Affairs, the Ministry of Municipal Affairs and Housing and the Ministry of Health and Social Services (to which the Mamik Center had previously reaching requests in vain) will be more attentive to the needs expressed in the future. The construction of the project is an emergency with the winter coming.

"Anyone who has thought, even once in his life, of having to reaffirm a right, and who, alone or with others, mustered his courage in both hands to do so, has practiced the action direct". - Voltairine de Cleyre, On direct action, 1912.

An anarchist from Pekuakami

Posted 20 hours ago by Collectif Emma Goldman

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