Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Batchewana First Nation
The Batchewana First Nation of Ojibways is located on the north-eastern corner of Lake Superior and the St. Mary’s River area, adjacent to the City of Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. The First Nation has a total population of 2,400, of which approximately 72 per cent live off-reserve.
Batchewana First Nation is comprised of four reserve communities: Rankin Reserve, Goulais Bay Reserve, Obadjiwan Reserve, and Whitefish Island Reserve. The administrative offices are located on Rankin Reserve, which is bordered on three sides by the city of Sault Ste. Marie. Facilities operated by the First Nation include an Administration/Cultural Centre, Health Centre, Family Crisis Shelter, Elders’ Complex, Day Care, Arena, Youth Centre, Police Station, Gas Bar, Confectionary Store and the Batchewana Learning Centre.
Batchewana First Nation’s business operations are comprised of Arena operations, building and equipment rental enterprises, and community operations, including Bingo. Economic development ventures range from renewable energy initiatives, including wind and solar power generation, to sustainable agriculture initiatives. Leadership has taken a principled approach to development, ensuring economic gain will not supersede the integrity of the environment or its protection.
Batchewana First Nation has a highly-developed housing program which acknowledges that members have differing needs and it attempts to accommodate as many situations as possible. This has led to the creation of multiple options, both market-based and social in nature.
The community intends to use the First Nations Market Housing Fund to make it easier for its members to access housing loans on reserve, to purchase and/or renovate existing homes, and to build new homes.
“The First Nations Market Housing Fund is a real indicator in our minds that Canada is serious about improving the quality of life for First Nations people across Canada. We commend Canada’s funding initiative and look forward to working collaboratively fulfilling our peoples housing needs”
—– Chief Dean Sayers (February 2010)