PORT HARDY, BRITISH COLUMBIA (March 23, 2012) – The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development, today visited the Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw Nations in British Columbia to see the progress being made in the community with housing and development.
“The community of Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw has demonstrated leadership by taking a proactive and innovative approach to improving housing conditions in its community,” said Minister Duncan. “Safe housing is essential to improving economic and social outcomes and supporting healthy sustainable First Nation communities. Our Government is pleased to continue our partnership with Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw and support their commitment to community development.”
Since 2006, Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada has provided over $1.2 million towards housing projects at Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw, including 23 new houses, 12 home renovations and 10 mould remediations.
The $200,000 announced today provides an additional $120,000 towards home renovations, $40,000 to support a housing strategy, $20,000 for home inspections and $20,000 for water/drainage repairs.
The main community of Gwa’sala-‘Nakwaxda’xw is located on Tsulquate Indian Reserve 4, which is adjacent to the town of Port Hardy on Vancouver Island. It has 901 members with 509 living on its reserve.
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