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What people are saying about new Indigenous housing in Colwood

Mitzi Dean, MLA for Esquimalt-Metchosin –

“Housing opportunities for Indigenous families and individuals that are affordable, culturally appropriate and inclusive were much needed in our community. I would like to acknowledge the partnership between the Province, the City of Colwood and Indigenous partners – Aboriginal Land Trust Society, Lu’ma Native Housing Society and the Huu-ay-aht First Nations – who worked hard to make these homes a reality.”

Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Management Housing Association (AHMA) –

“AHMA is thrilled with the development and creation of this unique project owned by the Aboriginal Land Trust, operated by our members L’uma Native Housing and supported by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations, BC Housing and the City of Colwood. AHMA believes it will enhance and foster a broader sense of community for Indigenous peoples and the community of Colwood. There remains a significant inequity in urban Indigenous housing in British Columbia. The delivery of this new culturally appropriate housing will help fill these gaps and empower future Indigenous residents.”

Kent Patenaude, president, Lu’ma Native Housing Society –

“For over 40 years, Lu’ma has been providing safe and affordable housing, and we are thrilled to be part of this exciting affordable housing project for Indigenous families and singles in the City of Colwood. This is a great place for residents to have a sense of community and to enjoy family life. We are extremely proud that the project will exhibit artwork from local artists Ed Johnson of the Huu-ay-aht First Nations and Darleen Gait whose ancestry is from the Esquimalt and Songhees Nations. We would like to acknowledge all our project partners. This project is a wonderful example of what can be achieved.”

Dave Baspaly, president, Aboriginal Land Trust Society –

“We are pleased to work with our project partners: BC Housing, the City of Colwood, Lu’ma Native Housing and supported by the Huu-ay-aht First Nations to offer this unique housing. A Blessing Ceremony was held on June 5, 2019, at the site and was conducted by members of the local First Nations, including the Esquimalt and Songhees, on whose traditional territories of where the project is located. The local Nations have conducted the blessing of the land and releasing the spirits of our ancestors from the space and requesting guidance and support. This is both a wonderful and welcoming community with the project being close to transit links, the Juan de Fuca library branch, the Galloping Goose Trail, West Shore Parks and Recreation facilities and other resources. We are grateful that the project forged ahead as planned, even during the pandemic.”

Rob Martin, mayor, City of Colwood –

“Colwood council recognizes that providing a diverse mix of housing options for people at every age and stage of life is essential to creating a vibrant, family-friendly community and a thriving economy. We are excited to welcome new residents to 342 Wale Road where they will enjoy easy access to local businesses and recreation with the Galloping Goose, Juan de Fuca Recreation Centre and the Lagoon beach just down the road.”