The residential communities of Heron Reserve Apartments are built to impress with stunning 1.3 mile walking trail, resort style pool and state-of-the-art fitness center. This beautiful community features spacious open floor plans, sunken living rooms with nine-foot ceilings and gas log fireplaces*, granite kitchens and baths, stainless steel appliances, French doors and screened in porches.
The housing issue is one of the most significant social issues facing First Nation peoples on reserve. Although housing conditions are improving, overcrowding, substandard construction, and high rents still plague many communities. This situation contributes to lower educational achievement, higher unemployment rates and poorer health outcomes. In addition, the mould that forms in poorly constructed and overcrowded houses can be a major health hazard for vulnerable members of the community including children and seniors.
In the 1960s, what was then Indian and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC) began to implement a subsidy program to help First Nations build and renovate homes on their reserves. This was based on the assumption that the federal government should play a central role in providing on-reserve housing. However, this approach was not successful and a new strategy was required.
Today, the majority of on-reserve housing is delivered through band-based funding and programs, rather than through INAC. This funding is intended to provide First Nations with more control, flexibility and expertise in their housing decision-making and management. It is intended to promote sustainable, community-based solutions and support for families. However, the results of this strategy have not been positive and long-term broad improvements have been limited. reserve residences