The British Columbia government invested $ 231 million to build more than 1,100 affordable new homes for Indigenous people in communities throughout the province.
The collection of the first houses chosen through the new original housing fund covered nearly 780 reserve homes and nearly 370 reserve houses, making the province the first to invest in reserve housing, the government said in a press release.
Minister of City Affairs and Housing Selina Robinson made the announcement Saturday at the Katzie First Nation reserve in Pitt Meadows, which received $ 7.8 million for 39 reserve housing units for youth, parents and families
Katzie Chief Grace Leon Cunningham said he was very grateful that the community housing project was approved.
"The needs identified by our community members both off and on-reserve are significant and the vision of the supportive life model created is a stepping stone for not only housing, but towards healing," he said in a statement.
"This is a monumental gift for our community that will have a significant impact on future generations."
The government said 1,143 new homes will be built over the next two to four years and is part of a $ 550 million 10-year commitment to build 1,750 new social housing units for the Indigenous population.
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About 148 houses will be in provincial interiors, 288 in the North, 244 in the Fraser region, 269 in Vancouver and 194 on Vancouver Island.
BC Housing will work with Indigenous and First Nations non-profit housing providers to complete projects over the next few months, and the second proposal call is anticipated for spring 2020, the government said.
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This announcement received praise from groups representing the First Nation but they also warned that more work had to be done.
"The housing situation for many B.C. First Nations communities has been paralyzed by decades of federal government funding policies and models that cannot meet our needs, or with economic fluctuations," Regional Head Terry Teegee of B.C. First Nation Assembly in a statement.
"Provincial funding will begin to make a difference, but we still have a long way to go to ensure adequate supply and good quality housing in our fast-growing community. We will continue to work with both levels of government to reverse the crisis which has become a monumental challenge."