Housing conditions on a first nations community
Reeve, Timothy S.
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This thesis reviews the first step in a project which will address the impacts that substandard housing has on the health and education of first nations residents. This thesis covers the findings from home inspections at a First Nations Community (FNC). In 2012, 159 homes were inspected. The inspection was visual and looked for mould and other deficiencies in the homes. Measurements of the interior air were also taken. Homes were substandard due to poor building materials, installation, and overall neglect regarding maintenance. Homes had high mould counts and are unhealthy environments for people. This thesis outlines common deficiencies and provides recommendations for the rehabilitation of the homes, and for future construction. Recommendations include that homes be built with durable materials, designed for their environment, and for education and training regarding home maintenance to be provided. Subsequent phases of this project will address the health and education of the residents.