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Habitat for Humanity and Curve Lake First Nation in partnership
Wshkiigomang Singers: Janet McCue, Mary Alice Taylor, and two new members, Kenni-Dee Leonhardi and Taylor Rose posed with Royal Patron, Peter Phillips before the Habitat - Curve Lake partnership ceremony began on Friday, July 28.
Chairman of the Board of Directors for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region, Brian Kelly thanked Chief Williams and Council and staff for working with them for the past several months. “It has been an amazing process and they have been so supportive.”
Kelly finished his speech on a positive note saying, “we know it is going to be successful. We know these two houses are going to be successful, we hope it’s going to be successful for subsequent houses, and we think this is going to be a model for other First Nations communities.” The approximately two hundred people in attendance gave a loud round of applause.
MPP Maryam Monself, who was at an earlier Habitat event had attendees stand up and be recognized for the work, the efforts and the support they have contributed to the charity, the community, and the country.
MPP Laurie Scott followed Monsef and told guests that being “from the provincial parties and as an Ontario legislator, I think I speak on behalf of all the MPPs that we love Habitat for Humanity. We encourage the community to come together to build homes for those who will not have a home if we don’t help them.”
MP Adam Vaughan of Spadina-Fort York and Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development (Housing and Urban Affairs) arrived late but spoke eloquently of the purpose of a house and the healing of community.
Two homes will be built on two lots provided by Curve Lake First Nation. Construction is expected to start in the fall and Habitat is now accepting applications from low-income, Indigenous families. More than 100 local youth are expected to take part in the build, alongside Habitat volunteers and Curve Lake community members.