Darlene Necan is the spokesperson for off-reserve members of the Ojibway Nation of Saugeen no.258. Darlene has been unable to acquire housing in that community, about 400 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, since the reserve was created in the late 1990s. For about a decade, Darlene has been struggling for housing for off-reserve members.
Last year, Darlene Necan began building her own plywood home, with donated materials, where her family home once stood, 20 km south of the reserve.
The Ministry of Natural Resources and Forestry has charged Necan with breaches of the Public Lands Act that carry fines of up to $10,000, and up to an additional $1,000 fine each time she is caught continuing to build.
Indigenous women continue to go missing and be murdered while Darlene faces charges and steep fines for taking the kind of grassroots action that communities need.
Please check this page over the next few days for more information.
These Facebook pages are active and helpful in providing more context to Darlene’s struggle for housing:
Building Home, Building Safety, Building Sovereignty: Legal Defense Fundraiser for Darlene Necan
Amelia Skunk Humane Habitat Project
Walking for Equalism for Off-Reserve Members
ILPS Indigenous Commission and Biimadasahwin
The latest media related to Darlene’s struggle:
‘Darlene Necan supporter disappointed by colonialism on autopilot’: http://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/thunder-bay/darlene-necan-supporter-disappointed-by-colonialism-on-autopilot-1.2883749
‘Homeless woman faces fines for building her own home’: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/reporter-s-notebook-reg-sherren-encounters-homelessness-and-hunger-1.2854467
Here are the media related to Darlene’s struggle in rough chronological order.