Housing Dream For Aboriginal Housing Society

Prince George, BC, Canada / CKPG-TV
Housing Dream For Aboriginal Housing Society

With the help of some UNBC Environmental Planning students, a dream by the Aboriginal Housing Society seems closer to reality.
The Society has put an offer on seven acres of property at Winnipeg and 17th, with an eye to building what’s called an “urban village,” which involves housing of all kinds located at a single location.
“We want to replace some of those aging houses and units that we currently have and better meet our demand,” explains Ruby Baptiste, President for the Board for the Society. “Right now, the demand is more for single, elders, students versus the family.”
The dream is to build 250 units of housing, everything from apartments to seniors housing.
The Society also decided to make this a learning experience for a group of four students in UNBC’s Environmental Planning department. Rebecca DeLorey says it was a great experience, creating the plans for an environmentally-sustainable and culturally-sensitive project. Adding to it, having real clients was intense.
“The experience of having a client. I mean that’s a huge thing that you don’t deal with on a regular basis as a student.”
The project is in its infancy and likely won’t be complete before DeLorey leaves school. But she will still view it fondly.
“But it would be lovely to come back in 20 years and say ‘I had a huge part in that.’ Yeah.”
Baptiste describes her reaction when she first saw the plans in December.
“Wow! I was wowed. I was impressed. It was like, maybe, this dream can come true, right?”
The Society employed the help of the UNBC students to create the vision for housing that is environmentally sustainable as culturally appropriate.

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