Like Many First Nations the housing crisis has been a struggle for Piikani Nation in southwestern Alberta. But they hope that is about to change. About a month ago Chantel Provost graduated from the housing manager certificate program with the Southern Alberta Institute of Technology. The program, which runs 18 months, accepts youth from First Nations across Western Canada. Provost was one of 13 students in the last graduating class.
She now wants to put that education to use and help her nation. “It effects even the emotional, the physical, spiritual well-being of our members, especially our youth. So, having the proper training is essential so we can strive to do our best for our membership,” she said. It also means people can stay on-reserve. “Having so many people move away, we lose the culture, the language. A young person living in the city, they’re not going to have that connection with elders, getting that knowledge passed down,” she said.