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Habitat Celebrate First Build on First Nation's Reserve

Cape Croker | by Ken Hashizume  

Four homes are on the Neyaashiiningmiing reserve in hopes of more residents get into home ownership

A family living on a First Nation's reserve is the first to move into a home built by Habitat for Humanity.

The Grey Bruce chapter completed their first four homes on the Neyaashiiningmiing Reserve (formerly Cape Croker) and held a ceremony on Saturday.

Executive Director Greg Fryer says they built one house for Donna Akiwenzie and her family because the home they were living in at the time was uninhabitable.

He says the build led to a partnership in building three more homes that has since been completed on the 19-lot development.

Fryer says the Chippewas of Nawash wants to instill the pride of home ownership.

He says they didn't want to continue to build just rental units but homes that families can maintain by themselves.

Fryer says it been a wonderful partnership to serve aboriginal families who are need of safe and energy efficient homes.

He says it's been exciting to be a part of that.

Fryer says the families still had to meet all requirements in acquiring a Habitat for Humanity home including performing 500 hours of sweat equity.


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