APTN Investigates – Housing Crisis Deconstructed

With more than 175,000 homes needed to keep pace with a burgeoning population, experts say the $550 million dollar plan by the Liberal government is a drop in the bucket.

Melissa Ridgen
APTN Investigates
Reporter Melissa Ridgen looks into the billions of dollars in federal funds spent fighting the ballooning housing crisis on Canada’s First Nations. Rats, mold and backed-up sewage are just some of the conditions Indigenous people live with every day. With more than 175,000 homes needed to keep pace with a burgeoning population, experts say the $550 million dollar plan by the Liberal government is a drop in the bucket.

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Melissa is a proud Red River Metis and award-winning journalist who has spent more than 24 years covering crime, courts, politics, business and entertainment for newspapers in four provinces.
She then joined APTN Investigates in 2009 and APTN National News in 2018 and in that time has garnered numerous awards and nominations including from the World Indigenous Television Broadcasters Network (2013), Canadian Association of Journalists (2016, 2019) and Canadian Screen Awards (2018, 2019).