Kwantlen First Nation

Kwantlen First Nation

Following a traditional system of governing, Kwantlen First Nation (“Tireless Runner” in Kwantlen’s traditional language) blends customary and modern governance practices. Kwantlen has a membership of approximately 294, with one-quarter (1/4) living on reserve, primarily on I.R. #6, McMillan Island.

Bordering Fort Langley BC and metro Vancouver, this allows for a high level of employment among community members. Of the 41 homes on reserve, most are privately owned and on Kwantlen owned land. CMHC Section 95 rental housing was first introduced into the community in 2011. The community works hard to ensure consistent rental collection and management of any rental arrears. Chief and Council strongly supports members wanting to build, buy or renovate their own homes.

Kwantlen looks to the Fund to support its efforts to increase the availability of suitable lots for future residential development; to strengthen and finalize housing and land policies and procedures, particularly for home ownership and rent-to-own arrangements; and, to expand the number of home ownership units. Kwantlen would also like to explore a business and financing model to operate a Life Skills Home in the community.

“As our capacity continues to strengthen at Kwantlen First Nation, we are grateful for opportunities to build positive relationships to promote our community’s health and continued growth. We are thankful and excited for the future opportunities to come from working with the First Nations Market Housing Fund, and know this will benefit our community and future generations”.
Tumia Knott, Councillor and President, Seyem’ Qwantlen Business Group (December 2017)

Media and website contact information:

Carlo Zanuzzi, CPA
Director of Finance and Administration
Kwantlen First Nation
P.O. Box 108, 23690 Gabriel Lane
Fort Langley, BC
V1M 2R4
Phone: 604-888-2488
Fax: 604-888-2442