First-Ever Habitat Home Built in a First Nation Community in Canada
Habitat for Humanity Northumberland Builds Home as Part of the National Aboriginal Housing Program
September 21, 2010
On September 21, to the accompaniment of traditional drumming and dancing, an exciting dedication took place at the home built for an Aboriginal family in the First Nation community of Alderville, Ontario. This was the first-ever Habitat home built in a First Nation community in Canada, and came about as a partnership between Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, Alderville First Nation, and Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation.
Children dressed in ceremonial attire dance as traditional drumming accompanies the home dedication celebration.
"This is an historic opportunity for both Alderville First Nation and Habitat for Humanity Northumberland in their efforts to make homeownership a reality for another Habitat family. This type of partnership is exciting for me on many levels." - Lou Rinaldi, MPP Northumberland–Quinte West
Chief Marsden of Alderville First Nation and Kim Lauder, Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, expressed their commitment to continuing this partnership for future home builds within their community. They hope this will lay the foundation for other such partnerships.
New Habitat homeowner thanks everyone for their support, while Kim Lauder,
Executive Director for Habitat for Humanity Northumberland, looks on
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation's Sponsorship of the Aboriginal Housing Program
CMHC is the lead national sponsor for Habitat's Aboriginal Housing Program, a pilot project between CMHC and Habitat for Humanity Canada which seeks to increase the number of Habitat homes for Aboriginal families.
Crowd applauds as keys are handed over to the new Habitat homeowners
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