NiGiNan Housing Ventures is a registered non-profit charity formed to address particular housing needs and requirements of Indigenous people living in Edmonton. We are dedicated to providing supportive affordable housing opportunities for individuals and families of native ancestry, who have not been successfully served by any other organization in Edmonton.

NiGiNan's first development, Ambrose Place is one of the most successful programs and housing complexes for Edmonton's formerly hardest to house Indigenous persons.

NiGiNan's goals are:

  • to house and keep Indigenous people housed, while enabling them to create homes for themselves
  • to improve the quality of life of our residents
  • to build community and involve our residents in the development and management of their community
  • to provide residents with a sense of control over their own lives


Meet NiGiNan's Board

Sharon Starr (Founding Member)

Currently a caseworker working at Alexander First Nation with Region 6 Edmonton Child and Family Services. Past history includes: case manager in child welfare from 2000 to 2005 at Kasohkowew Child Wellness Society (DFNA), community worker for Boyle Street Community Services, Child Welfare Worker in Region 6, Financial Benefits Worker for Edmonton Human Resource and Employment, Financial Benefits Worker for Saskatchewan Social Services, Saskatchewan Government records management, archive researcher for Saskatchewan Indian Federated College, journalist for Federation of Saskatchewan Indians, and news reporter for Poundmaker First Nation.

Cindy L’Hirondelle: (Summer 2005;  President Spring 2015)
She has a Degree in Social Work from the University of Calgary, Edmonton Division, Diploma in Social Work from Grant MacEwan Community College. Cindy is experienced at working with inner city residents. She retired from Social Work in January 2016 after working 13 years with Alberta Health Services, Northern Alberta Program, University of Alberta Hospital HIV Program based at the Royal Alexandra Satellite Clinic. Past history also includes: staff at HIV Edmonton, Aboriginal Portfolio, Family Support Worker employed by the Family Center. Cindy’s diverse experience, strong leadership, and advocacy skills have been instrumental to develop this project in terms of incorporating resident centered housing.

Colleen Enns (Spring 2007)
She has been involved as a voluntary Board Director and Treasurer for the Niginan Board in the development of Ambrose Place for the past 7 years, and has a keen interest in addressing issues related to homelessness. Colleen Enns is the Executive Director of the Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network, a role she has held for more than six years.  The Edmonton Oliver PCN is an exemplary network with 130 Family Physicians, and Pediatricians , and an interdisciplinary team of 79 who provide primary care for approximately 130,000 patients.  The network is home to several innovative primary care programs and is recognized as a leader in primary care. Colleen brings to the Niginan Board 18 years of health care leadership experience that has bridged Supportive Living, Home Care, Continuing Care, Mental Health and Primary Care.  

Lillian Sissons (Summer 2009)
She graduated from Misericordia Hospital School of Nursing in 1975 and she completed Nursing Refresher Program at Grant McEwan College, 1999. She currently is a Chronic Disease Management Nurse Educator / INR Nurse, with Edmonton Oliver Primary Care Network, Edmonton. Lillian has had an instrumental role in program development of the Anticoagulation Management Program and serves on several physician lead committees.  Past history includes: Palliative Home Care Case Manager for Capital Health, Edmonton.

Lillian has strong practical and organizational skills and a proven ability to work with others. She has focused on advocacy, education and support of people to make informed self-care choices. Lillian is a member of Metis Nation of Alberta.

Cam MacDonald (Summer 2014)
Bio to come.

Cecelia Blasetti (Autumn 2015)
Bio to come.