O'Regan to visit Cat Lake First Nation at request of community's chief

Indigenous Services Minister Seamus O'Regan says he will visit a northern Ontario First Nation to see its housing situation at the request of the community's chief.

O'Regan spoke to the chief of Cat Lake First Nation Friday and the two agreed on a plan that includes speeding up the delivery of materials to complete a seven-unit housing complex, for other repairs, and for new construction.

His department also says the plan includes a commitment to ensure a winter road is maintained regularly to maintain access to the remote community for as long as possible this season.

Cat Lake is about 400 kilometres north of Thunder Bay.

Before going to the community, O'Regan says he will take up a request from Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde to meet in Thunder Bay with Cat Lake's chief.

Ontario NDP MP Charlie Angus recently went to the community with provincial legislator Sol Mamakwa. Angus said what they witnessed was a total breakdown of public health, with families living amid toxic levels of mold.