Nunavik rallies protest social housing evictions

Protesters held rallies in Kuujjuaq, Quaqtaq, Ivujivik and Salluit Thursday against high rents and evictions.

Protests held in 4 Northern Quebec communities

People in kuujjuaq, Que., protest evictions and high rents outside the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau on Thursday.

People in some Nunavik communities made a statement yesterday about high rents and evictions.

A small group of protesters outside of the Kativik Municipal Housing Bureau in Kuujjuaq Thursday held placards and chanted in English and Inuktitut.

Similar protests were held in Quaqtaq, Ivujivik and Salluit.

This spring the Nunavik Housing Bureau sent out 700 eviction notices; 20 of them led to tenants having to leave their homes.

Harvey Mesher was one of the protesters yesterday. Although he owns a home, he was there to give his support.

“The rents are going up too fast. They are getting too high and the cost of living is too high in Nunavik," he said.

Michael Cameron, chair of the Nunavik Housing Bureau, says the Quebec Government raises the public housing rents by eight per cent per year.

“Right now we are gathering information about the protests. We are not ready to provide answers yet.”

Cameron says he'll use the media to respond to the protesters.

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