Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce recently completed construction on the first-ever Habitat home built on First Nations Territory in Ontario, thanks to a partnership with Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation.

Proud new Habitat homeowner Donna received the keys to her home in early February. Her previous home was deemed uninhabitable due to mold that was caused by a broken pipe underneath the house, and was torn down in 2015. Until recently, she had been living in a temporary rental unit with her son and granddaughter.

Despite a housing shortage in the First Nation community, the Band has struggled to provide the community with new housing or to maintain the 42 rental units they oversee. Donna’s new Habitat home is the first to be built in the community in eight years.

Construction on the 1,200-square-foot three-bedroom home began in mid-September 2017, wrapping up just six months later thanks to the help of more than 80 volunteers. The completion of the build was celebrated with a dedication ceremony, when Donna was presented with the keys, and was attended by 2015 Genworth Canada Meaning of Home contest winner John Latosinsky, who wanted to support Indigenous housing and chose to direct $25,000 to the build.

Donna’s home is the first of many Habitat houses expected to be built as a result of the partnership between Habitat Grey Bruce and the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation, part of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Indigenous Housing Program. Since the launch of our Indigenous Housing Program, local Habitats have worked closely with Indigenous communities across the country to help improve the living conditions of Indigenous families.

To learn more about our Indigenous Housing Program and its success, please visit habitat.ca/intl.