Every First Nation family has the opportunity to have a home on their own land in a strong community.
Nooaitch Indian Band
The Nooaitch Indian Band is one of the member’s bands of the Nicola Valley Tribal Nation. Situated in the Nicola traditional territory, of what today to British Columbia is the Thompson-Nicola region of the southern interior, Nooaitch has two reserve bases totaling 1693.4 hectares, I.R. # 9 & I.R.10. The largest is I.R. #10 encompassing 903.1 hectares, is the main reserve where the community is based, and is situated 23 kilometers west of Merritt, B.C.
The general topography is a pristine area of rolling hills with river and creeks. Nooaitch to its northeast has lakes, and within it land base, relatively undeveloped land, well treed with small creeks and rolling hills. The current population is 112 member living on-reserve and approximately 79 member living off-reserve.
Nooaitch Indian Band currently has 53 residence and is addressing the community housing shortage through the construction of 12 homes over the last 10 years. A duplex in currently being built (Summer 2014), with plans to build 4 new house and possibly more in the summer of 2015.
“The Nooaitch Indian Band has a high demand for new economical housing as well as a high necessity for renovations to many existing homes that are well below health and safety codes. This was indicated in our Comprehensive Community Plan in 2012. We welcome the opportunity to work with the First Nations Market Housing Fund in addressing this as one of our high priorities. We look forward to working with the Fund as it provides options to fulfill the present housing demands to build or renovate homes as well as utilize the other services and training opportunities this program offers. We look forward to establishing and maintaining an excellent working relationship, and I believe this will assist with our goal for a healthier living environment on many levels for our band membership in our community.”
— Chief Marcel Shackelly (July 2015)
Housing and Operations Manager
2954 Shackelly Road
Nooaitch Indian Band
Merritt, British Columbia