Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Halalt First Nation
Halalt First Nation (Halalt) is located near the town of Chemainus on Vancouver Island in British Columbia. Halalt is a member of the Hul’qumi’num Treaty Group, seeking to regain traditional lands and resources and increased governance jurisdiction. Halalt is also a member of the Naut'sa Mawt Tribal Council. Historically, the Halalt tribe resided offshore on Willy Island which is located in the Gulf Islands, and in villages on the Cowichan and Chemainus Rivers. Today Halalt consists of two reserves, one at Willy Island and the other along the Chemainus River at Westholme. Approximately half of the 211 registered citizens live on reserve.
Halalt refers to the original village name, xeláltxw, meaning ‘marked or painted houses’. One half of the 41 homes in the small village are privately owned by members. The majority of homes have undergone renovations. Another three have been secured through an on-reserve private housing loan program, while 12 are managed by the Nation as rent to own and rentals, including a 4-plex unit.
The Nation recently completed construction of a water and wastewater treatment plant that will allow service expansion in the community and beyond. Accessing the Fund’s Credit Enhancement program will provide greater housing options for Halalt citizens in the near future.
Halalt First Nation employs 20 administrative staff, and operates a fishery that provides seasonal shellfish jobs for members. It plans to develop a gas station and commercial leasing on lands designated that will further create opportunities. Working with the Fund, Halalt has identified capacity development training for staff and policy development in the areas of finance, governance, and lands management.
“Working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund is very timely for Halalt. We have been visiting ways of improving how housing is managed in our community. Our leadership and community members will benefit from our involvement with the program. Our governance in the area will improve through new and upgraded policy and procedure creation. And, our members will be brought up to date and informed about how the program works and will increase their opportunity to obtain housing. Overall, our governance and community capacity in regard to housing will be improved.”
— Chief James R. Thomas (July 2015)
Halalt First Nation
7973 Chemainus Road
Chemainus, British Columbia