Opaskwayak Cree Nation builds affordable housing for students in Winnipeg

First Nations postsecondary students in Winnipeg will soon have access to more affordable housing, thanks to an apartment project led by Opaskwayak Cree Nation. Opaskwayak Cree Nation is building a seven storey, 69-unit apartment building near the University of Winnipeg for First Nations students, young families, and elders. Over 40% of the units will be offered at a discounted rate, and all units will include free water, high-speed internet, and underground parking. The building will provide a safe and affordable place for students to stay while attending postsecondary education in the city. “This building not only allows our Cree Nation to start capitalizing within the real estate market, (but it will also) allow us a place in the city to house some of our own citizens who are leaving the north to begin their higher education journeys in the south,” said Opaskwayak Cree Nation Chief Sidney Ballantyne. Construction is expected to be complete by summer 2024.

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