L to R - Cory John and Saik’uz First Nation Chief Priscilla Mueller. John and Mueller are sitting on the couch inside one of the new micro-homes. (Aman Parhar - Omineca Express)

Saik’uz First Nation opens micro-homes for members

The First Nations community partnered with the Sinclar Group for this project

Saik’uz First Nation are opening 10 new homes to fill the void for housing in the community.

Eight of the ten homes were opened Thursday, and Priscilla Mueller, chief of the First Nation community said the new homes have alleviated a lot of stress. The remaining two, will be opened for members before Christmas this year.

Apart from the 10 individual homes, Saik’uz also built three two-bedroom triplexes this year.

“We have a lot of single people here. Additionally, we have a lack of housing for elderly members too. So to have these 10 homes, is just such a huge thing for the community,” said Mueller.

The new residences have been built by Alair Homes, and through a partnership with Sinclar Group Forest Products Ltd.

“In the future, we are looking for major industry to partner with us and I think they are waking up and realizing that they need to partner with First Nation communities,” Saik’uz chief said.

“We are not a burden and do not want to be a burden to anyone right? But we do want a piece of the pie.”

Vanderhoof Mayor Gerry Thiessen, Councillor Ken Young and John Murphy were also present at the grand opening held at Saik’uz on Nov. 28.

READ MORE: Saik’uz First Nation’s forest audit yields good results


Aman Parhar
Editor, Vanderhoof Omineca Express

aman.parhar@ominecaexpress.com

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L to R - Councillor Jasmine Thomas and Chief Priscilla Mueller address the crowd infront of a new home in the First Nations community. (Aman Parhar - Omineca Express)

The micro-homes are for single individuals, with a state of the art kitchen, washroom, couch and one bedroom. (Aman Parhar - Omineca Express)

Rosa McIntosh performed the celebration song along with drumming, for the grand opening. (Aman Parhar - Omineca Express)

Everyone held hands and Chief Mueller led the crowd in prayer during the day’s event. (Aman Parhar - Omineca Express)

This is the view as you enter one of the micro-homes. (Aman Parhar - Omineca Express)

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