Success Stories

Infrastructure and Housing

Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) works with First Nation governments to support affordable and adequate housing, clean drinking water and community infrastructure like roads and schools.

The following stories showcase the successes of a number of Aboriginal communities that have improved their housing situation.

See other Aboriginal success stories from across Canada.

Tallcree First Nation Water Treatment Plant
The Tallcree First Nation, situated in northern Alberta, is providing safe drinking water for community members through its new state-of-the-art water treatment plant. The quality of life for community members has greatly improved as a result of this new facility. Watch this video to see how the new water treatment plant will supply the water needs of the community for generations to come.

The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada
The Aboriginal Firefighters Association of Canada is made up of regional fire and emergency service organizations with a focus on delivering fire prevention and other associated programs, such as the National Firefighters Competition, that will help reduce fires and the loss of life.

Penticton Indian Band Eco-Housing Initiative
See how the Penticton Indian Band's Eco Housing Initiative has provided housing for its Band members utilizing energy efficient technology at the least amount of cost.

Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte
The Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte have achieved great success with their housing program. It not only features home ownership and social housing, but also energy-efficient home construction.

Coming Home to Lac La Ronge
Innovative thinking and decisive action by the Lac La Ronge Indian Band in northern Saskatchewan has given families, like the Christiansens, the home of their dreams. At the same time, the band has developed its own innovative way to take control of its housing needs.

Kamloops Indian Band On-reserve Housing Program
Kamloops Indian Band is developing a thriving housing market on its own doorstep.

Fighting Mold: A Story of Three Communities
Kahnawake's children are breathing easier after the First Nations community took decisive action to combat mold in their homes, schools and other buildings. The efforts of Kahnawake's leaders are empowering First Nations communities in places like Manitoulin Island, Ontario, and Hartley Bay, British Columbia, to protect the health and well being of their residents.

Cowichan Tribe Large-Scale Mold Remediation Project
One of Canada's oldest communities, the tight-knit Cowichan Tribe of lower mainland British Columbia, faced a health crisis when they found mold in their homes.

Insurance Pilot Project
The British Columbia Nak'azdli First Nation has taken a leadership role in creating affordable and adequate housing by signing the first trust agreement under Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's (CMHC's) On-Reserve Homeownership Loan Insurance Pilot product.

CMHC and Seabird Island First Nation
Seabird Island First Nation of British Columbia has taken their respect for the environment to new levels through a bold approach that helped them build seven new environmentally friendly housing units in their community.

Piikani Nation Housing Authority
The Piikani Nation is transforming the lives of its band members through its innovative five year comprehensive housing strategy. New homes are being built; older homes renovated, youth are learning skilled trades and people are proud to live on the Piikani Nation reserve.

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