MEDIA ADVISORY - Habitat home first house to be built on Tobique First Nation in 13 years

Indigenous family will receive keys to their new home

FREDERICTON, Jan. 24, 2017 /CNW/ -

WHAT:           

Following a dedication ceremony, new Habitat homeowners Phil and Amanda, along with their two children, will be receiving the keys to the home they helped build themselves. A partnership between Habitat for Humanity Fredericton and Tobique First Nation, this is the first home to be built on Tobique First Nation in 13 years. It is the second project between Habitat for Humanity and an Indigenous partner in Canada to result in new housing being built on a reserve using Habitat's successful model of affordable homeownership. Habitat families work alongside volunteers to help build their own home and pay for the home themselves though an affordable mortgage geared to their income.



WHERE:        

433 Main Street, Tobique First Nation, New Brunswick



WHEN:           

Tuesday, January 31, 2017


11 a.m. (AST)



WHO:            

Perry Kendall, CEO of Habitat for Humanity Fredericton


Amanda Moulton and Phillip Muckler, new Habitat homeowners    


Chief Ross Perley, Tobique First Nation


Jay Thakar, Manager of Habitat Canada's national Indigenous Housing Program

 

About Habitat for Humanity Fredericton

A member of Habitat for Humanity Canada, Habitat for Humanity Fredericton Area Inc. is a non-profit charitable organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat is making a difference – one house, one family and one volunteer at a time. Our territory covers the Fredericton area, western and northern New Brunswick. To learn more, visit us online at http://habitatfredericton.com.

About Habitat for Humanity Canada

Founded in 1985, Habitat for Humanity Canada is a national, nonprofit organization working toward a world where everyone has a decent and affordable place to call home. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. With the help of volunteers, Habitat homeowners and 56 local Habitats working in every province and territory, we provide a solid foundation for better, healthier lives in Canada and around the world. Habitat for Humanity Canada is a member of Habitat for Humanity International, which was established in 1976 and has grown to become a leading global nonprofit working in more than 70 countries. For more information, please visit www.habitat.ca.

About Tobique First Nation

Tobique First Nation is one of six Wolastoqiyik or Maliseet Nation reserves in New Brunswick, Canada. Tobique is the largest of the Wolastoqiyik and Maliseet Nation reserves in NB with a population of approximately 2500. The Tobique Reserve is located on the north side of the Tobique River. The reserve comprises two lots (The Brother's # 18, 4 ha; Tobique # 20, 2724 ha). The Tobique Reserve, established in 1801 with nearly 20,000 acres, was granted after a petition to the government by band members. Over the years, the reserve was reduced by surrenders to squatters and a major surrender in 1892. Roughly two-thirds of members of the Tobique First Nation reside on the reserve lands. For more information, please visit http://www.tobiquefirstnation.ca/.

SOURCE Habitat for Humanity Canada

For further information: Sarah Anderson Austin, Senior Manager, Communications, Habitat for Humanity Canada, 416-644-0988/1-800-667-5137 x302 saustin@habitat.ca


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