Skeetchestn Indian Band

Skeetchestn Indian Band

The Skeetchestn Indian Band is a member of the Secwepemc (Shuswap) Nation, located in the central interior region of British Columbia, about one hour west of Kamloops. The total population is approximately 530 with 225 members living on reserve. The main community is located at Savona, British Columbia.

There are 109 homes in the community with 42 Rent to Own and the remainder with mortgages paid in full and ownership transferred to the member. Skeetchestn Chief and Council and Administration work well together, implementing a Housing Management Plan that has been in place and updated since 1997. Housing policies of Skeetchestn require strict enforcement on rental collections, such as limiting services to members if there is any money owed to the Band and eviction if necessary.

The community has a small number of households on social assistance with the majority of members employed either with the Band, in nearby Kamloops and in the mining sector. Skeetchestn looks forward to working together with the Fund to provide access to new construction and renovation loans for its members. This includes development of a Fund backed mortgage loan program customized to Skeetchestn’s specifications along with the delivery of membership education and awareness sessions, such as credit and money management workshops.

“We view the First Nations Market Housing Fund as an important alternative to assist us as a whole to be able to provide fair market housing to our community members. This helps fulfill the back log that we have in providing quality homes for our community members. Our People will have the opportunity to come home with this initiative, live in their own community and their children may grow up within their culture and among their relatives.”
— Kukpi7 Ronald Ignace (July 2015)

Contact Information:

Natalie Wolfe
Executive Assistant Chief and Council
Skeetchestn Indian Band
P.O. Box 178
Savona, British Columbia
V0K 2J0
Phone: 250-373-2493
Fax: 250-373-2494
Email: natalie@skeechstn.ca
Website: http://www.skeetchestn.ca/