First Nation Communities

CMHC's housing programs and capacity development initiatives help First Nation communities reach their housing goals and improve their overall living conditions.

  • Care for Your Home

    Information for community members about indoor air quality, mould and fire prevention.

  • Learn From Others

    Find out how First Nations are doing things differently, and bringing about positive change in their housing.

On-Reserve Housing Reform Engagement

The Government of Canada is engaging with First Nations and other partners to develop an effective long-term approach to support on-reserve housing, and to contribute to a broader National Housing Strategy.

Participate in Housing Reform



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(Text on screen: Penticton Indian Band)

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(Text on screen: Stories of our Houses - Leadership Nihkanatpatimok Pm8bagnaw8gan Ylmxwm)

(Wild horses on reserve, plants in front of the mountain)

(Interview in a band council office)

(Text on screen: Tabitha Eneas - Housing Administrator, Penticton Indian Band)

The Penticton Indian Band is made up of approximately just over a thousand members and we have about half of that located on reserve.

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The reality of it is is the Penticton Indian Band has struggled in terms of rent collections. We were at about less than 40 percent collection rate. Our policy was created with the input and support of our community.

(Tabitha on camera)

Since we’ve implemented it, we are now over 95 percent.

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(Interview outside in the mountains)

(Text on screen: Greg Gabriel - Band Administrator, Penticton Indian Band)

(Shots of band members doing renovations)

Tabitha and her staff and the chief and council have worked very hard in putting together a proper policies and procedures for our housing program which essentially covers the whole gamut of any housing program we’re looking for.

(Tabitha on camera)

In terms of being able to manage our policy properly, there was gaps and there was challenges that I wasn’t able to meet.

(Shots of housing on reserve)

So the Housing Assistant position was initially initiated by myself and it was supported at the Council level.

(Band council office interior)

(Interview in front of a fireplace)

(Text on screen: Andrea Watts - Housing Assistant, Penticton Indian Band)

I worked with people individually because people have different financial problems and if we could help them pay a little here and there, it did get paid.

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(Andrea on camera)

If you do a lot of follow up with the clients, you get them used to a routine of paying, and it’s not so bad. It’s not so stressful on them.

(Shots of Tabitha working)

Governance role hasn’t changed since we first implemented our policy and I think that’s a good thing because it’s not supposed to because if you have one person that doesn’t agree to the importance of policy it creates a weak link.

(Shots of a band council meeting)

So one of the things that the Penticton Indian Band Council did was anytime a Band member approached them, they always referred them back to the Housing Department and the policy.

(Beautiful shots of the community, on reserve housing)

(Greg on camera)

We’ve become so impressed with how our housing department has taken essentially a leadership role in developing a very effective and efficient housing program that’s been noticed throughout the province of BC and throughout Canada.

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(CMHC logo on screen)

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Program End

Penticton Indian Band: Committed Staff. Stronger Community.

The Penticton Indian Band has struggled in the past terms of rent collections and by putting together proper policies and procedures they have seen great results. Their housing department has taken a leadership role in developing a very efficient housing program that has been noticed throughout the province of BC and Canada.

  • Our Work With First Nations

    Our Work With First Nations

    Annually, through CMHC and INAC, the Government spends an estimated $280 million to support the housing needs of First Nations on reserve.



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