Celebrating the Start of 2 New Homes in Regina

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On February 23rd Habitat staff, alongside government partners, community members, donors, neighbours, and the two families, gathered to celebrate the next chapter for Habitat for Humanity Saskatchewan.

A Sod Turning is always a memorable day. It’s the beginning of a new journey for our partner families; and this time around, it also marked the new beginning for Habitat Saskatchewan as we break ground on the first new homes in Regina in over 2 years.

We started the event by acknowledging and paying respect to the Indigenous land we are on with a presentation of sweetgrass.

In Indigenous cultures across Canada, sweetgrass is respected as a sacred herb, used for centuries in ceremonial practices to invite positive energy, healing, and protection. It embodies the strength and resilience of both family and community, and its braiding of three strands represents the unity of mind, body, and spirit.

As a symbol of the rich heritage and our shared values, we presented the families with a braid of sweetgrass. This gift is not only a token of peace and unity but also serves as a protector, warding off negative energies from homes and ensuring safe journeys. It embraces a tradition that fosters a positive living space, enriched by the teachings and blessings it represents.

 

We were thrilled to be joined by our generous government partners: the Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and The City of Regina.

Honourable Gene Makowsky, Minister of Social Services and Minister responsible for Saskatchewan Housing Corporation and MLA for Regina Gardiner Park; and her Worship Sandra Masters, Mayor City of Regina attended the event.

Without the support of the SHC and the City of Regina, our builds wouldn’t be possible. We rely on the funding of government partners, community members and businesses, and volunteers to get these projects up and running. Together, we are building more than just four walls and a roof, we are building a home where families will make memories that will last a life time.

Mayor Sandra Masters, Gene Makowsky, Habitat for Humanity Sask Sod Turning

Salim & Sanjida and Abdihakin & Fartun – we couldn’t be more thrilled to have you and all your beautiful children join our Habitat family.

This day was much bigger than just Habitat Saskatchewan, bigger than just our families. It was a moment that spoke to the dreams and hopes of families across Canada. Habitat Saskatchewan is deeply honored to once again embark on a journey of building homes, of crafting sanctuaries where laughter and memories can be made for generations to come.