OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2017 /CNW/ - All Canadians should have the security of a safe and healthy home. The Government of Canada is making historic investments toward improving housing conditions in First Nation communities, reducing overcrowding and increasing health and safety.
The Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, today congratulated Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation on its new six-unit housing complex. The new homes were built ahead of schedule and will contribute to healthier lives for their residents.
Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation is one of 56 First Nation communities in Ontario who are benefitting from new housing investments through Budget 2016.
"Congratulations to Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation on the completion of your new homes, and on completing this project ahead of schedule. Our government will continue to make significant investments in housing to improve the quality of life in First Nations communities, and I am pleased to see this progress which will benefit so many residents."
Minister Jane Philpott
Minister of Indigenous Services
"These new homes are extremely important for our community as they will provide adequate and affordable housing for families and Elders. We are very pleased to work in partnership with the government to provide much needed housing in our community."
Chief David Masakeyash
Mishkeegogamang Ojibway First Nation
- Mishkeegogamang First Nation is located approximately 310 kilometres northwest of Thunder Bay, Ontario, and has an on-reserve population of approximately 1,300.
- Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada provided $792,000 for the construction of the six-unit housing complex and $150,000 for servicing the lots. The First Nation contributed approximately $150,000 for the project.
- The new houses are made with energy-efficient technologies and mould- and fire-resistant materials, which will improve fire safety and reduce annual maintenance and operating expenses for residents.
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SOURCE Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
For further information: For more information, media may contact: Andrew MacKendrick, Press Secretary, Office of the Honourable Jane Philpott, 819-956-5372; INAC Media Relations, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada, 819-953-1160