Métis Nation British Columbia Acquires Land in Fort St. John For Housing, Child Care, and Space for Fort St. John Métis Society

Fort St. John, BC (October 28, 2021) – Métis Nation British Columbia (MNBC) is proud to announce the acquisition of two properties from the City of Fort St. John, an already constructed passive house and a vacant lot. The passive house and vacant lot will house MNBC offices for the Skills Training, Employment and Post-Secondary (STEPS) program and the Fort St. John Métis Society. It will also see the construction of below-market rate rental housing for Métis families and a Métis child care centre. The investment, totaling $745,000 is the part of MNBC’s ambitious goal of creating Métis centres across the province in all seven regions. The funding, provided under the Canada-Métis Nation Housing Sub-Accord, gives the governing members of the Métis Nation control over the design, delivery and administration of housing services. The federal government’s 2018 budget outlined a $500 million investment over 10 years to support the Métis Nation’s housing strategy.

Through a competitive Request for Proposals (RFP) process, MNBC will engage a qualified development consultant to lead the development of the vacant lot. Currently named Passive House, MNBC will engage the local Métis community on a more culturally appropriate name for the building. 

Providing affordable housing, delivering Métis early years programs, and creating space for our Métis Chartered Communities is a key strategic goal of MNBC’s Cabinet and senior leadership team. Over the coming months, MNBC will continue on its progressive agenda with more announcements to come. 

Quotes:

“This project is an example of the innovative, out-of-the-box thinking our staff and Cabinet are able to achieve. The Northeast is a region that our entire Cabinet is committed to focusing more attention, programs, and services to.”  – Lissa Dawn Smith, MNBC Acting President

“It is great to see this long overdue investment in MNBC’s Northeast Region. Providing a central location for our STEPS staff, Métis Chartered Community, and affordable housing and child care space will help invigorate our Métis community. We also know how important it is to have a space for Métis cultural activities and our Cabinet is working hard to make that come to fruition.” – Paulette Flamond, MNBC Director for Region 7.

“I am very happy to hear MNBC has purchased property to start our housing program and I know our community will be very excited to know our housing project will soon become a reality. The Métis in Fort St. John have waited a long time to have a housing program back. I look forward to working with MNBC to develop the housing needed in this community. Thank you to all who have work so hard to bring this project to fruition.” Jacqueline Alderking, President of the Fort St. John Métis Society

“We are excited to work with Métis Nation British Columbia as they invest in our community to provide additional supports for their members and look forward to continuing to build our relationship as we work towards reconciliation,”- Lori Ackerman, Mayor of Fort St. John 

“Investing in quality, affordable housing is going to provide a lasting legacy for MNBC and help build a sense of belonging in our regions and Métis Chartered Communities. Working with our grassroots Métis citizens we will continue pursuing these life-changing projects to improve the lives of our people. Long live the Métis.” – Dean Gladue, MNBC of Housing and Homelessness 

“Building a network of Métis early learning and child care programs is a pivotal moment in our Nation’s history. Ensuring that Métis children can attend early years programs at facilities that are culturally relevant and exposes them to the rich heritage we hold so near to our heart will have a long-lasting, positive effect on their lives. A dream come true.” – Debra Fisher, MNBC Minister of Education