Kiiwetinoong member Sol Mamakwa says about 100 new homes are needed urgently at Cat Lake, and he's inviting the prime minister to see the disturbing images for himself. Mamakwa has joined with MP Charlie Angus, who has raised the issue in Ottawa.

"I met a young mother in Cat Lake this week, who wept, as she told me that her 12-year-old is so disfigured from rashes and impetigo that she's quit school. She hides under her blanket, and she won't let her own mother see her face," he said, adding the government's response was to send up lightswitch covers.

The images released by Angus from his visit show infants and children with rashes doctors are linking to mold. The member also called for immediate medical help for the children and members of the First Nation.

Ottawa says a task force is being formed, and steps are being taken to accelerate the construction of new homes. Kenora MP Bob Nault has visited the community, and he adds Ottawa paid for the assessment report. Since 2016, Nault noted homes are being built, which is more than happened under the previous government.

The assessment report showed about 75 per cent of homes should be condemned, leading the community leadership to declare a state of emergency.

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