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La Ronge - November 30, 1992 - The Lac La Ronge Indian Band recently received national recognition for initiating and constructing a home for six children with disabilities.
Winning entries in the 1992 Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) Housing Awards Program included an honourable mention to the Lac La Ronge Band under, the Process and Management category.
"With the assistance of CMHC, the Lac La Rouge Band addressed a special need to preserve its rich cultural heritage for a new generation," explains John McWilliam, manager of CMHC's Saskatoon Branch. "A home intended for six constant-care children on the reserve and surrounding area was created locally for the first time."
Prior to 1992, these children were sent south, away from familiar environment and family, and cared for in a language they did not fully understand.
A new housing project was created to bring home six of these children. The home projects a natural, comfortable atmosphere on the reserve. Each child has as individual room and there is overnight space for visiting parents. The one-storey building is wheelchair accessible.
Sixteen projects across Canada received recognition in this round of the CMHC Housing Awards Program. The program was created in 1988 to encourage quality and innovation in housing. This year's program was dedicated to individuals and organizations working to find ways to assist persons with disabilities achieve independence through Housing.