Ottawa’s First Habitat for Humanity Urban Aboriginal Build
CMHC helped an Aboriginal family realize their dream of homeownership through the sponsorship of a Habitat for Humanity Build Day. CMHC staff volunteers rolled up their sleeves and joined Habitat for Humanity – National Capital Region (NCR) on site to take part in the construction of a local Habitat home.
The home is Ottawa’s first urban Aboriginal build and is part of Habitat for Humanity Canada’s Aboriginal Housing Program. Launched in 2007, with the support of CMHC, the program seeks to improve understanding of how the Habitat homeownership model can better serve Canada’s Aboriginal families in need of housing. The program has led to the construction of 15 to 20 safe, decent and affordable homes annually for First Nations people.
“The Government of Canada, through CMHC, is dedicated to working in partnership with Habitat for Humanity Canada and its affiliates to help address the challenges many families face in finding safe and affordable homes in Ottawa and across Canada,” said Douglas Stewart, Interim President at CMHC. “It's very fulfilling for CMHC employees to not only be giving back to the community, but also to see a program they helped create delivered successfully.”
The house will be home to Ida Kakekagumick and her three grandchildren for whom she has legal custody. “I am so grateful and happy for this chance because I want my grandchildren to know how it feels to finally have a place that they can call their own,” said Ida. “I don’t want them to feel displaced by having to move from place to place anymore.”