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.