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100+ Modular Home Project Nears Completion

May 8th, 2017 Comments off
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As in the U.S., Canadian housing is costly in many areas, and factory building can be a positive option. Here, the First Nation receives final modular homes. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

In a story that the Daily Business News originally covered here, the Kashechewan First Nation community has received the final batch of modular duplexes for its residents.

According to Northern Ontario Business, March was the “milestone month” for residents, as

104 units were put onto their foundations, completing a project that began last July. Back in May 2014, 36 homes were damaged in Kashechewan due to flooding, which forced the evacuation of 454 residents to temporary accommodations in Kapuskasing.

We did all the foundations, all the training, we stitched the units together and the final buttoning up of the units to get them ready for the handover to the clients,” said Terry Sutherland, president of Tundra Construction, a First Nation-owned company headquartered in Moose Factory.

The modular duplexes were constructed by Maple Leaf Homes in New Brunswick, and locals did the primary labor on site.

Our workforce was 99 per cent local band members,” said Sutherland.

With an estimated 50 residents working alongside experienced tradespeople in roles as carpenters, laborers, electricians, plumbers, lifting and rigging.”

Sutherland also pointed out that the entire process around modular homes involved a learning curve.

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First Nation receives final modular homes. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

This whole system of handling modular homes was new to pretty much everyone up there,” said Sutherland. “The first one was a learning process for a lot of them, but after that it was just general carpentry with the beams. It was a different process as compared to a stick-built house.”

In March, Kashechewan signed a framework agreement with Ottawa and Queen’s Park to come up with a long-term community plan for better housing and health programs and infrastructure development.

Also included in those plans is a possible relocation of the community to a less flood-prone area.

When they left Kashechewan two and a half years ago now, they basically left with a small duffle bag with some clothes. They’ve basically rebuilt their memories and all their personal property and stuff while they were here in Kapuskasing,“ said Kapuskasing fire chief Gerry Desmeules in December.

And, while the new modular homes could be moved in the event of severe flooding in the future, some residents are thinking that they may have to leave again.

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Some people are saying as they get on the plane, well, we’re going to see you again in the spring, because obviously the problems they have with flooding up the coast,” said Desmeules, “so, it’s always a roll of the dice for them.“

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Crane set of First Nation residents receiving final modular homes in project. Credit Norther Ontario Business.

The full story documenting the First Nation residents return is linked here. ##

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More First Nations Turning to Modular

April 27th, 2017 Comments off
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Modular homes being moved into place on the Yale First Nation. Credit: CBC.

Throughout Canada, many First Nations native tribes are struggling with the dual challenge of quality, and affordable, housing.

Mold and other natural elements, when combined with overcrowding, present issues tribal members call a “sad reality.”

The solution, they believe, lies in modular housing.

According to the CBC, the Yale First Nation in British Columbia has started to move forward with utilizing modular, with Britco in to construct six new family units.

With the ability to heat the homes for much less, and the homes being able to last longer, utilizing them was an easy choice, especially as older homes were falling apart.

They were dilapidated, one was condemned and demolished and the other cost us $100,000 just to renovate,” said Crystal Sedore, Yale First Nation’s housing manager.

The Yale First Nation homes were built using what’s known as passive technology, in which the units face the sun, have thicker walls and multiple layers of insulation, which lowers heating bills by as much as 80 percent. Heat from stoves and dryers are also recycled to heat the rest of the homes, which are airtight.

Members of the Yale First Nation started to move into the homes on April 1st.

As far as we’re aware, this is the very first passive house built on a reserve,” said Sedore.

The results, so far, are positive. The nation is so pleased that four additional homes are now being constructed.

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The Daily Business News has covered a number of stories about First Nation’s utilizing modular housing, including the case of the two-and-a-half-year saga for the Kashechewan First Nation of Northern Ontario.

In December, eight families started moving back into new modular homes delivered over the summer.

Families were expected to continue to return through the winter and spring months with all 104 modular homes full by August 2017.

The plan is to fly a handful of families back to Kashechewan every few weeks, with the goal of having everyone home by the end of the summer,” said Kapuskasing fire chief Gerry Desmeules.

When they left Kashechewan two and a half years ago now, they basically left with a small duffle bag with some clothes. They’ve basically rebuilt their memories and all their personal property and stuff while they were here in Kapuskasing.

The full story is linked here. ##

 

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Kashechewan First Nation getting Modular Homes following Major Flood

August 10th, 2016 Comments off

Canada_north_Ontario_modular_units_for_Kaschehewan_1st_people__cbc.ca_governemnt postedDailyBusinessNewsMHProNewsIn May of 2014 spring melt flooding on the Albany River drove 450 Kashechewan First Nation residents living in Northern Ontario, Canada out of their homes and into temporary quarters in Kapuskasing, according to what cbc.ca tells MHProNews, at a cost to the government of $350,000 monthly.

Earlier this spring, 1,068 people had to be evacuated for ten days, and while the cost of that is not known, the bill for evacuating 1,230 people in 2015 for 27 days was $9.4 million.

Now, dozens of modular duplexes are arriving at Kashechewan First Nation to house those displaced. The federal government is providing 52 duplexes, 104 modular housing units total, according to Northern Affairs minister Carolyn Bennett, and Chief Leo Friday.

However, this has become a “rite of Spring,” prompting the First Nation peoples to once again suggest the federal government move the entire community to higher ground up river. After major flooding ten years ago, that possibility was discussed, but the government said it would be too expensive. ##

(Photo credit: cbc.ca/Canadian government–modular home sites being prepared for Kashedhewan First Nation people)

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