Our goal for housing at ʔaq'am is to co-operatively design, build and maintain housing that is durable, environmentally friendly and suited to the needs of families and individuals.
We work to create opportunities to gain ownership of housing and land; design and build a variety of types of quality homes, maximize the use of local materials, skills and labour; develop community capacity and skills for home building, ownership, maintenance and repairs; build homes that are environmentally friendly, energy efficient and water-conserving; and to manage community-owned housing in a way that is equitable and fair.
There are currently 59 houses on-reserve and 11 Band-operated homes. The Band in conjunction with the First Nation’s Market Housing Fund has develop a Market Based Housing Program which gives members the ability to access traditional financing options to obtain mortgages on-reserve to purchase homes, renovate existing homes, construct new homes and construct rental homes.
The Department of Operations continues to work with Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada to assist homeowners with application and project management of a number of Renovation Programs that provide support to existing homeowners on-reserve to increase the life expectancy of the units and provide barrier free accessibility.