FSIN hopes 'tiny homes' could address First Nations housing crisis
Students work on a "tiny house" prototype as part of a pilot project between the Yorkton Tribal Council and the FSIN.
Mercedes Redman , CTV Regina
Published Wednesday, March 8, 2017 2:16PM CST
The Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations is hoping to address the housing shortage on First Nations in Saskatchewan with a new pilot project.
On Wednesday they announced a partnership with Your Choice Homes Inc. to build “tiny homes”. As part of the pilot project with the Yorkton Tribal Council, 13 students were involved in the construction of a prototype tiny house.
The 13 students involved were from six First Nations in Saskatchewan. It took several months to build the tiny home. Students who participated in the project got the opportunity to learn the trade, get job experience, and earn money.
“We’re so proud of our first group from YTC. They’ve learned a lot under the guidance of our mentors. We’re ready to be a First Nations education partner throughout the province.” Your Choice Homes spokesperson Jay Noel said in a written release.
The home will be bought by one of the local First Nations and used for a single family or an elder.
The FSIN hopes to see more of these types of collaborations in the future.