The word Suswin in Ojibway means “nest” and Kathy Fortin, Executive Director of the North Bay Indian Friendship Centre believes everyone has the right to a safe home or nest.

A funding announcement of $543,700 is hoping to make that happen in North Bay as the provincial government handed out the money at the Indian Friendship Centre on Cassells Street this morning.

The majority of the money will go towards two paid jobs for Suswin housing navigators whose job will be to find aboriginal people or families who are in need and match them with facilities that are available.

“They will locate places,” stated Fortin.

It will also go towards starting and running the entire program for three years.