Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MBA-Social-Housing-Eviction

Newspaper article The Canadian Press

MBA-Social-Housing-Eviction

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PORTAGE LA PRAIRIE, Man. - Several families in a southern Manitoba community are facing eviction today from social housing they've been living in rent-free since 1996.

The notices were delivered by the provincial government last week to 18 families in Portage la Prairie in an attempt to end a lengthy dispute over rent for their Manitoba Housing residences.

The residents say they won't have a place to stay if they're evicted and they want federal Indigenous and Northern Affairs Minister Carolyn Bennett to step in.

The families say they were forced from the Waterhen First Nation -- now called Skownan First Nation -- after they demanded their own reserve in the 1990s because of corruption allegations.

They say they're owed permanent homes promised by the federal and provincial governments, but Donna Gabriel, a group spokeswoman, says tenants stopped paying rent because they believe that promise was broken. …

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