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Fort Nelson First Nation receives funding for new homes, work experience

Eight Fort Nelson First Nation families are getting new homes, and another four people are getting work experience by building them.
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Eight Fort Nelson First Nation families are getting new homes, and another four people are getting work experience by building them.

The province announced Monday the First Nation was to receive close to $45,000 in Community and Employer Partnership funding for the endeavour.

"The program provides a great opportunity for some of our unemployed band members to gain skills in the construction industry while working on a project that will provide much-needed housing for our community, Fort Nelson First Nation housing co-ordinator Vera Nicholson said in a statement.

The band is building four three-bedroom homes, along with two five-bedroom homes and a duplex that will be full wheelchair accessible for seniors and others with mobility issues. The federal government will secure the mortgages for the homes, the province says.

The 25-week project is expected to wrap up by the end of December. The four workers will have logged more than 600 hours to use toward an Industry Training Authority apprenticeship, the province says.

"I like this work. It's outside. I am happy here," said John Badine, one of the workers, in a statement.

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