Fishing Lake First Nation
Fishing Lake First Nation is in serious need of housing. The good news is, not only is the Band determined to overcome this state of affairs, they are making headway. Fishing Lake First Nation has spent more than half a million dollars during the past two years to help meet on-reserve housing needs. The majority of the distribution of monies from the First Nations Trust has been invested in the construction of quality homes to meet this critical shortage.
Housing construction goes on year-round with 18 employees working under the supervision of the contractor who is a member of Fishing Lake First Nation. Fishing Lake First Nation has a new subdivision underway; the contractor has hired local employees for the construction work from the ground up. Heavy equipment operators for graders, loaders, gravel trucks and an array of backhoes and other equipment are on-site, pouring foundations, laying pipe and preparing each site for a house to be trailered-in and placed on a new foundation. The framing and all the initial construction is done at a separate site nearby and finishing is done, once the house is on the foundation. It's an impressive operation.
Recently, 15 houses were being completed for placement. That's 15 fewer families on the list in need of housing. And, there are 15 families looking forward to moving into their cozy new homes, properly insulated, and built to standards suited to cold Saskatchewan winters.
Not only is the influx of funds from the First Nations Trust reducing the housing need and improving the quality of housing, it is creating change. Fishing Lake First Nation is using funds to gear up for sports leagues, summer, spring, winter and fall. Kids are anxiously awaiting the first chance to wear the bright coloured tee-shirts and sports gear and to play against other soccer and floor hockey teams. With the change of season the various leagues will move into scheduled games of basketball and broomball. It's been a $25,000 investment into recreation that Fishing Lake First Nation children and their parents will enjoy in all seasons.