LAC SEUL – Bob Nault, Member of Parliament (Kenora riding), on behalf of the Honourable Jane Philpott, Minister of Indigenous Services, attended the ribbon cutting ceremony for nine new homes in Lac Seul on November 10, 2017.
“With construction completed on three new triplexes, nine families will be moving into their new homes today,” stated Nault. “These houses are more than a dwelling, rather a place for family members to come together, spend time in each other’s company and enjoy being a family.”
The Government of Canada invested over $1.45 million for lot servicing and construction costs, while Lac Seul First Nation contributed $250,000 of its own funds to the project. The funding is provided as a part of the Government’s commitment to improving housing conditions on-reserve.
“Like many First Nations, Lac Seul has a growing population, so initiatives to expand and update housing are necessary for the overall well-being and safety of residents,” concluded Nault. “While there are still other communities with urgent housing needs, this is a great win for Lac Seul and Frenchman’s Head, and a step in the right direction towards improving living conditions on-reserve.”
- Lac Seul First Nation is approximately 40 kilometres from Sioux Lookout, Ontario and has three distinct settlements: Frenchman’s Head, Kejick Bay and Whitefish Bay First Nations.
- As of September 2017, Lac Seul First Nation has a total registered population of 3471 with 897 living on reserve.
- The federal government provided $1,203,120 to build three new triplexes and $250,000 to service the building lots. Lac Seul First Nation contributed $250,000 to the project.
- The federal government also provided $195,000 to the First Nation to renovate 10 homes to meet health and safety requirements and enhance fire protection.
- Lac Seul First Nation received the Community Housing Recognition Award at the February 2017 First Nations Housing Conference. The award recognizes the community’s leadership in developing comprehensive housing policies and its ongoing work in developing a thriving economy and sustainable housing.
- Learn about how the Government of Canada supports housing in First Nation communities.
- Lac Seul First Nation housing program
- Community Housing Recognition Award