Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

Indian and Northern Affairs Canada

May 13, 2011 16:49 ET

Minister Duncan Congratulates Old Massett Village on Completing Multi-Unit Housing Project in British Columbia

OTTAWA, ONTARIO--(Marketwire - May 13, 2011) - The Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Indian Affairs and Northern Development and Federal Interlocutor for Métis and Non-Status Indians, today congratulated the Old Massett Village Council on the opening of its 12-unit apartment complex on Haida Gwaii. This project was made possible thanks to an investment of $2 million under Canada's Economic Action Plan (CEAP).

"Our government is committed to working with First Nation communities to improve housing conditions on reserve," said Minister Duncan. "We are proud to have supported the Old Massett Village Council and we commend them for their dedication and ongoing efforts to meet the housing needs of their community and improve the quality of life of their members."

The construction of the multi-unit housing project began in January 2010 and was completed in March 2011. The 12,500-square-foot building was designed by a Haida architect and is themed after a traditional Haida longhouse. The First Nation worked with BC Hydro to ensure the building is energy efficient and incorporated Power Smart principles. The building also has wheelchair accessible units which have been endorsed by Rick Hansen.

This project is part of the $400 million investment under CEAP to support First Nations nationally in the construction of new on-reserve housing, renovations and complementary housing activities.

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Contact Information

  • Minister's Office
    Michele-Jamali Paquette
    Press Secretary
    Office of the Honourable John Duncan
    (819) 997-0002

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    Indian and Northern Affairs Canada
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