Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Onion Lake Cree Nation
Onion Lake Cree Nation (OLCN) straddles the border between Saskatchewan and Alberta in Treaty 6 territory, 50 kilometers north of Lloydminster, Saskatchewan. The total population of the Cree Nation is 4,780 citizens.
The community is located on fertile, rolling hills that are prime for agricultural use, and beneath the surface there is proven production from oil and gas fields. As a result, the community has entered into several long-term economic sector partnerships to take sustainable development advantage of these natural resources. The process is guided by community and strong governance mechanisms based on Cree Worldview.
Chief Wallace Fox recently announced a major commitment to improve and support housing and infrastructure for OLCN members. The First Nation recently completed a 58-unit project and is currently constructing 41 on-reserve housing units, renovating a school, and upgrading water and sewer infrastructure. These community capital projects are being financed through a combination of private and public sources, which is considered a best practice for First Nation development.
In addition to partnering with the Fund, Onion Lake has made the commitment to assist members in home renovations and mortgaging homes. As well, OLCN is assisting members wishing to become homeowners by making a capital contribution toward establishing a Home Mortgage Trust, and by granting a portion of the down payment for members who qualify for loans, through a private lender program.
“This is a proud and empowering moment for our people and community. We have been advocating for many years about our nation’s ability to become self-reliant and govern on accountability and transparency in our opportunities to become self-sufficient. Housing is always a top priority, along with related employment and training, to become a proud work-force and enable our citizens to contribute within our local and mainstream economy. On behalf of my Elders, leadership, staff and people, we stand proud to be in a true partnership with the First Nations Market Housing Fund.”
—– Chief Wallace Fox (February 2010)