Photo courtesy Yorkton Tribal Council.

A dozen high school students from six reserves in the Yorkton Tribal Council are getting paid to learn about the construction industry, and at the same time, filling a housing need on reserves.

YTC and Your Choice Homes Inc., a First Nations Home Builder, have partnered for this pilot project. The students are building ‘tiny homes’ of 350 square feet that are still roomy and comfortable.

Jay Noel, spokesman for Your Choice Homes Inc., said the program teaches high school students about the trades and encourages them to stay in school. Students work on the tiny home for 12 weekends. Each student will get credits toward their diploma, apprenticeship hours and $500 pay.

“Most First Nations high schools don’t have a shop program anymore. It’s closed down. So we’re finding it’s just and opening for us to come in and work with high school students,” he said.

The students began with safety training provided through the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technology. DeWalt is providing the tools, the Federation of Saskatchewan Indigenous Nations is providing lunches and free iPads to the students, and Mark’s is supplying safety gear.

Noel said he hopes the project expands to other First Nation schools in the province, and perhaps even become a semester program. He said that Your Choice Homes has met with other First Nations, and there is a need for this type of housing.

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  1. Michelle

    Such an amazing program. Huge shout to first choice homes and YTC in partnering to give these youth an amazing opportunity.

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