Yellowknife – Access to safe and affordable housing is critical to improving health and social outcomes for Indigenous Peoples and to ensuring a strong future for their communities and children.
Today, the Honourable Daniel Vandal, Minister of Northern Affairs, announced historic new investments of $34 million over seven years from Budget 2022 that will be distributed to four Métis communities in the Northwest Territories to help respond to urgent housing needs. Specifically, Budget 2022 investments will be allocated as follows:
- $20 million to the Northwest Territories Métis Nation
- $7 million to the North Slave Métis Alliance
- $3.5 million to the Fort Simpson Métis Council
- $3.5 million to the Fort Providence Métis Council
Through Budget 2022, the Government of Canada is investing $4.3 billion over seven years, starting in 2022–2023, to improve and expand Indigenous housing in Canada, including $190 million to Métis. This builds on the $8 million in critical infrastructure and housing for Northwest Territories Métis communities from Budget 2021.
Through Canada’s Arctic and Northern Policy Framework, Canada is working with Indigenous, territorial and provincial partners to identify immediate and long-term priorities for the North, including the urgent need to address housing gaps in northern and Indigenous communities.
“A home is more than just a structure. It’s a place of refuge — of safety — where we gather with friends and family, share a meal, or simply escape the elements. Access to safe, quality, and affordable housing for families builds strong, healthy communities, and our government has been working together with Métis partners to determine how to better respond to their housing needs. This investment is a positive step towards closing the housing gap for Métis in the Northwest Territories, that meets their needs. We are committed to working closely with Métis governments and institutions, provinces and territories, and local governments on innovative, community-led solutions to address housing supply now and in the years to come.” – Daniel Vandal, P.C., M.P., Minister of Northern Affairs, Minister responsible for CanNor, and Minister responsible for PrairiesCan