“We are listening to the people. They are the ones who are going to decide what this model and transformation will be like.” 
Drew Pearson, CEO

Addressing the housing crisis in Saskatchewan

The current First Nations infrastructure gap is unacceptable, but it is likely to become even more severe in the future. Innovative infrastructure solutions are needed given First Nations’ growing populations, anticipated growth in the reserve land base, and proximity of reserves to growing urban centres. Canada has recently announced commitments to redesign the process for additions to reserve and better address specific outstanding claims. This commitment to reform is welcome, but success necessitates a new approach to First Nations infrastructure governance.

First Nations’ housing in Canada has been a story about government oversight, layers of regulations, inadequate budgets, ineffective programs, loss of control, family and social disruption, ill health, and poverty. Houses have become objects of shame and frustration for many of the occupants. The gap between living conditions on First Nations and the rest of Canada is well documented—all the while successive governments have promised, one after another, to close that gap.

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