Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
The Malahat people, Me’ le’ xelh Mustimuhw, have resided on the western shore of the beautiful Saanich Inlet on Vancouver Island since time immemorial, and have used the territories around their villages for hunting, fishing, berry gathering, and for ritual and ceremonial activities. There are 302 Malahat Nation members, with 121 people living within its two reserves of approximately 224 hectares near Mill Bay, Goldstream and the highland districts. The Malahat First Nation is a member government of the Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council and their ancestral tongue is the Hulquminum language.
The Malahat Nation was party to the historic Douglas Treaties signed between 1850 and 1854, and most recently have signed an Incremental Treaty Agreement transferring the Shawnigan Lands back to the Nation. This will provide increased lands, economic development opportunities and meaningful employment opportunities for Malahat Nation members.
The Nation’s housing portfolio, consisting of approximately 30 houses, is growing. Four new homes were constructed in the community just this year, with members taking possession March 1st. The Nation is removing barriers and following those teachings that contribute to the future generations of the Malahat Nation.
“Malahat Nation, through my voice, welcomes the opportunity to work in partnership with the First Nations Market Housing Fund to deliver sustainable home ownership options for our citizens that will help us meet our goals for self determination. Being the 100th Nation to partner with the program clearly demonstrates how new and innovative approaches the FNMHF initiative provides are needed to meet the increasing demands of housing and healthy communities for our community and for all Aboriginals. We are pleased to be a part of this important milestone and continued success of the FNMHF.”
— Chief David Michael Harry (May 2013)
From left to right: Dean Harry Sr. (Councillor), Chief David Michael Harry, Russell Roger Harry (Councillor)