Attawapiskat will be receiving 22 modular homes funded by the federal government to aid those affected by urgent health and safety concerns, announced John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development on February 23.

“The arrival of these modular homes demonstrates our government’s commitment to the residents of Attawapiskat First Nation,” said Duncan.

The Attawapiskat Nation must first prepare the lots where the modular homes will be built by completing foundation, sewage and electrical work. Residents in need are now being housed at the Healing Lodge, a service set up by the Canadian Red Cross in order to provide safe housing to affected residents.

Duncan announced in December 2011 that his ministry is funding more than $2.5 million for manufacturing, transportation and work needed to prepare the lots.