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Ribbon cut for new on-reserve homes at Lhtako Dene Nation

The 10 new homes are nearing completion

”I want to move in,” Lhtako Dene Nation Chief Clifford Lebrun quipped as he recently toured several new on-reserve homes. “But I’ll just come to visit.”

The Indigenous community near Quesnel had many reasons to celebrate on Thursday, Nov. 10, when a ribbon was cut following a pig roast and roast beef lunch.

The 10 new affordable homes supported by the province’s Building BC: Indigenous Housing Fund are anticipated to be move-in ready come Dec. 1.

“What they’ve built here 30 years ago, it creaks, it groans, you can feel the wind blowing through,” Lebrun said. “They were not manufactured as well as this company at the time, and I don’t know if they were taking shortcuts or didn’t care, but we’re very proud of these and the contractors that work here. They’ve done an excellent job, and these are beautiful homes.”

The new spacious and modern homes, complete with fire alarms and sprinkler systems, consist of two duplexes and one six-plex containing anywhere from two to four bedrooms.

They were designed by Iredale Architecture from Vancouver and constructed by Murray Restorations Ltd. in Quesnel, along with the help of community members.

“A lot of the project was built by the community,” said James Murray, owner of Murray Restorations Ltd.

Lebrun anticipates housing will continue to remain a need for his growing community. Like many Indigenous leaders, he would like to see members, many of whom are scattered across Quesnel and paying high rent, return home.

“I think we’re building a real sense of community, so our people can have pride in and look after and enjoy a quality of life they don’t have right now,” Lebrun said, noting the new on-reserve homes are close to the George Longe Memorial Park and their yet to be completed Powwow Arbour.

In the future, the Lhtako Dene Nation hopes to build a subdivision that could result in up to 41 new homes.

Read More: Provincial funds allocated for on- and off-reserve Indigenous housing in Quesnel

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