Shelley Peebles waited her whole adult life to host a family Christmas dinner at home and last year her dream came true, after she purchased a home with down payment assistance from the Manitoba Real Estate Association and the Manitoba government.

Manitoba Tipi Mitawa is a First Nations homeownership program that assists off reserve indigenous families and individuals who meet stringent credit, job history and other requirements.

“It turned out great, lots of food and I managed to fit everyone, 20 in all, although it was little tight!” Peebles says. In her dining room, she put three long tables together. A friend loaned her an extra folding table and chairs and the family celebrated with turkey and all the trimmings.