The Canadian government and community members celebrated the grand opening with Kingsclear First Nation for a new 8 unit senior care home last week. The new Wik-Cihpolakon Senior Care Center was funded through the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation’s (CMHC) On-Reserve Non-Profit Housing Program (Section 95 program) which provided approximately $730,000 in subsidies for the eight new housing units. The Section 95 program assists First Nations in the construction, purchase and rehabilitation of affordable on-reserve rental housing, as well as provides subsidies to First Nations to assist with the financing and operation of projects.
"The Government of Canada is committed to creating safe and affordable housing for Aboriginal people in New Brunswick and across the country," said the Honourable Keith Ashfield, Minister of National Revenue, Minister of the Atlantic Canada Opportunities Agency and Minister for the Atlantic Gateway, on behalf of the Honourable Diane Finley, Minister of Human Resources and Skills Development and Minister Responsible for Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC). "This project provides Kingsclear elders and community members with access to safe, quality housing at an affordable cost."
"Kingsclear 1st Nation is very proud to announce the completion of a project that has taken many years of strategizing, planning, and negotiating. Wik-Cihpolakon Senior Care Center stands as a culmination of years of development. It is our hope to develop our facility in such a way that it will be recognized as a ‘First Class’ leading example of the care of ‘First Nation’, elderly & infirm. A home away from home," said Chief Tomer.