“I was raised and I have lived in inadequate, overcrowded housing for most of my life,” said Thurber. “If I can’t, as an educated Aboriginal female, manoeuvre a department to get fair and adequate housing and repairs to housing, then how can a normal person living in poverty do it?”
Thurber has worked with a number of organizations to form the Tenant’s Association, from Ontario-based Keepers of the Circle and the Women’s National Housing and Homeless Network to equivalent rental associations in other provinces.
“I’m hoping within the next couple of weeks we’ll be able to do a wider media campaign, and set some solid dates on opening our virtual office which will include a hotline and an email,” said Thurber. “We will help you fill out those complaints to the rental office, we will help you gather evidence.
“We are ready to start gathering tenants together. We will be campaigning, we will be going from door-to-door, and we will be fighting for tenant rights.”