Tear the shacks down
Lucassie Inukpuk, mayor of Kuujjuaraapik and its regional councilor, wants the small storage shacks that stand behind social housing units in the region to be torn down.
That’s because Inukpuk says he’s seen them used too many times for suicides.
He told the regional council that people who live in or near shacks where there have been suicides want to move.
“You see their ghosts next to the house,” Inukpuk said. “There are weird things happening.”
Emudluk reminded the regional council that a few years ago the Kativik Municipal Housing Board had supplied plywood to social housing tenants on a pilot basis in three communities, so they could close up the rafters of the shacks and theoretically prevent suicides – but the program failed due to a lack of interest.
The KMHB has also supplied locks so tenants can lock the storage units up.
“When a person wants to commit suicide, they can also find something else around the house,” Aisara Kenuajuak, the regional councilor for Puvirnituq said.