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Indigenous Housing Program

Overcrowding, dilapidated housing and general unaffordability are issues faced daily by many of Canada’s Indigenous families, especially those living on settlements and reserves, where it’s been suggested that 49 per cent of existing housing is in need of repair, and an additional 85,000 housing units are required to address the current supply shortage. 

Giving Indigenous Families a 'Hand Up'

With the support of Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), we launched our Indigenous Housing Program in 2007 to better understand the distinct housing challenges faced by Indigenous Canadians, while providing housing solutions for families in communities across Canada.

As the program has grown, now having served almost 150 families, the impact that the Habitat affordable homeownership model can have on families and the communities they live in has become increasingly evident. But also has the immense housing need that this portion of the Canadian population is faced by. So, we’re more determined than ever to build partnerships, and build homes, for Indigenous families in need.

Support Healthy, Stable Housing for Indigenous Families
Our success rides on partnership and collaboration. If your community would like to partner with Habitat's Indigenous Housing Program, or your organization would like to support the program, please contact Jayshree Thakar, National Manager, Indigenous Housing Program:
Email: Phone: (613) 793-2963

Building Homes:
A Habitat-MCHC home currently being reconstructed for an Indigenous family

In Urban Centers - When the Métis Capital Housing Corporation (MCHC) determined they would have to sell a number of their rental houses in need of repair in order to generate funds to repair or rebuild others, Habitat for Humanity Edmonton proposed that MCHC instead provide the houses to Habitat Edmonton, for them to then renovate and sell back to low-income Indigenous families though affordable no-interest Habitat mortgages.

Rather than decreasing the housing stock available to Indigenous families, this solution offered these families with the long-term benefits and pride that come with homeownership.

Habitat for Humanity Edmonton and MCHC expect to complete five homes annually under this partnership, using families’ mortgage payments to cover the cost of the continued revitalization.

A render of the Takhini River 'First House', Habitat's first project on First Nations settlement land in Canada
In Indigenous Communities - Indigenous peoples have a deep spiritual, physical, social and cultural connection to their land, so building homes within Indigenous communities must be undertaken with vast support from the community.

Working closely with the Champagne & Aishihik First Nations near Whitehorse, Habitat for Humanity Yukon is building three housing units for low-income Indigenous families with construction expected to be completed next spring. A milestone project, these will be the first Habitat homes in Canada built on First Nations settlement land.

Read more about this project, called the Takhini River 'First House'.

Into the Future - Projects like these are happening, and increasingly, across Canada. But the key to our success is partnership and collaboration. If your community would like to partner with Habitat's Indigenous Housing Program, or your organization would like to support the program, please contact Jayshree Thakar, National Manager, Indigenous Housing Program, at (613) 793-2963 or

We thank these partners for their collaboration to expand affordable Habitat homeownership to Indigenous families:

Assembly of First Nations
Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
East Prairie Metis Settlement
Elizabeth Metis Settlement
Gift Lake Metis Settlement
Kikino Metis Settlement
Metis Council of Alberta
Muskoday First Nation

Lead and Founding National Partner
Indigenous Housing Program
Other Program Partners


News and Updates
Historic All Chiefs Build at Flying Dust First Nation
June 19, 2015 (Toronto, ON): Flying Dust First Nation and Habitat for Humanity Canada host a special All Chiefs Build today at Flying Dust, located 300 km northwest of Saskatoon...
Flying Dust First Nation Partners with Habitat for Humanity Canada for Better Living
May 29, 2015 (Toronto, ON): Overcrowding, dilapidated housing and general unaffordability are some of the issues Canadian Aboriginals face. Currently, around 85,000 on-reserve housing units are needed to address the housing shortage...
Making Strides in Serving Aboriginal Families
Oct 6, 2014
 (Toronto, ON): Today, on the UN-designated World Habitat Day, Habitat for Humanity Canada is making significant strides in serving aboriginal families as Habitat for Humanity Lloydminster signs a memorandum of understanding with Flying Dust First Nation at Meadow Lake
Habitat for Humanity Edmonton Awarded With Second Annual Aboriginal Housing Award
May 11, 2012
(Regina, SK): Today, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) presented Habitat for Humanity Edmonton with the CMHC Award for Outstanding Contribution to Habitat for Humanity Aboriginal Housing...
Partnering to Provide Safe and Secure Homes
Dec 11, 2011
(Edmonton, AB): Habitat for Humanity, CMHC and the Métis Capital Housing Corporation have come together in a unique partnership to repair and rebuild housing for low-income Métis families in Edmonton. Watch the video
Habitat Partners With the Assembly of First Nations
Dec 6, 2011
(Ottawa, ON): Habitat for Humanity Canada and the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) have joined forces to work to improve the housing situation in more First Nations communities...