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YT Government: Participants build skills with tiny home construction project

by ahnationtalk on February 28, 202056 Views

The Building Stability pilot project, initiated by the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations and Yukon College, offered a skill development opportunity for five individuals from the Yukon Community Corrections program.

The project, funded by the Government of Yukon, brought participants together with an instructor at Yukon College to build a tiny home. The goal of the project was to provide participants with employable construction skills.

Over 18 months, participants learned construction skills and gained hands-on experience to help them overcome educational and employment barriers. The tiny home is now located in Haines Junction, where it will serve as transitional housing for people in need in the community.

We are proud to support this new and innovative partnership that brought together different groups to share knowledge and create new opportunities for housing and capacity building.

Minister responsible for the Yukon Housing Corporation Pauline Frost

This was a great collaboration that allowed participants from the Yukon Community Corrections program the opportunity to learn valuable skills and fully contribute to Yukon communities.

Minister of Justice Tracy-Anne McPhee

Shadhäla yè Äshèyi Kwädän (Champagne and Aishihik First Nations) is glad to have played a role in the Building Stability pilot project, which helped participants build new skills, and resulted in a new home that will meet an important need in our community.  Shäw nithän – thank you and well done – to the participants and the many partners who helped with the success of this initiative.

Kaaxnox, Dän Nätthe Äda (Chief Steve Smith)

This project has been valuable for participants from the Yukon Community Corrections program, equipping them with employable skills as well as an income. We are happy to have been able to provide workspace and instructors for such an impactful program.

Shelagh Rowles, Executive Director, Centre for Northern Innovation in Mining, Yukon College

Quick facts
  • The Champagne and Aishihik First Nations approached partners with an idea to increase capacity and housing in the community.
  • Yukon College provided workspace, instructors and coaching, and employed the students through a wage subsidy.
  • The Government of Yukon provided funding for materials through Yukon Housing Corporation, participants from the Yukon Community Corrections program and funding for an instructor through the Department of Education.

Stewart Burnett
Cabinet Communications

Sarah Murray
Communications, Yukon Housing Corporation

Fiona Azizaj
Communications, Justice

Kat Hallett
Communications, Yukon College

Amy McKinnon
Communications, Champagne and Aishihik First Nations
867-634-4200 ext 237


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