Crystal Sedore is the Housing Manager for Yale First Nation in Hope, British Columbia. She has been working for and on behalf of local First Nations for almost 30 years.
Crystal is best known for two innovative housing projects in her community; the first ever “Passive House” multi-family complexes on a First Nation reserve in Canada. These units have been constructed to meet the rigorous “Passive House” standards, regarded as the most energy efficient standards in the world.
After more than 20 years working in a band office, Crystal has worn many hats and developed expertise in a wide variety of roles. She has a solid background in construction management, project planning and proposal writing. Her work has led her to create the BC First Nation Housing Mentorship Program; an initiative that sees Indigenous communities across the nation joining forces to share knowledge, expertise and resources, forming a network that supports and mentors Indigenous housing staff and leaders.
Crystal believes that understanding the processes for administering a housing portfolio on reserve doesn’t need to be a struggle and accessing funds for Housing and Infrastructure is a skill set that all new housing managers should develop. Successfully navigating the system starts with being organized and ensuring you have all the tools you need before you start, tools that other nations have already developed and are usually willing to share with others.