Community Led Adult Education

Truth and Reconciliation (TRC) Calls for Action to: “Ensure that Aboriginal peoples have equitable access to jobs, training, and education opportunities in the corporate sector, and that Aboriginal communities gain long-term sustainable benefits from economic development projects” (Section 92, ii).

Sustainable Housing in Indigenous Communities

The Royal Commission on Aboriginal Peoples (RCAP) offers a way to a good life, called Mino Bimaadiziwin in Oji-Cree, through the “injection of capital and the integration of housing objectives with other social and economic activities in Aboriginal communities will create a synergistic effect, making housing a source of community healing and economic renewal” (1996,…

Community Development and Land Use Planning

“Until Canada gives indigenous people their land back there can never be reconciliation”, according to Art Manuel. Please read further here. Indigenous mapping and planning provides a pathway to reconciliation if community-led and incorporated into public policy. There should be no barriers to  Indigenous constitutional and legal rights to ensure indigenous self-determination and United Nations Human…

Food Security in Northern Manitoba

Indigenous people in northern Manitoba’s First Nation communities have 10 times the food insecurity rate of others in Canada. Foodinsecurity is a critical issue in northern Manitoba’s Indigenous communities. To maintain basic human rights Canada to remedy this unjust situation.  The right to food should be adopted by Canada.

Water or Waste?

Water and waste are compromising health and the environment in First Nation communities. The lack of infrastructure, programs, training and funding in Indigenous Communities impair drinking water quality and waste management. Across Canada today, there are 133 advisories in place in 89 First Nations reserves warning that the water is not safe to drink. Waste Management in…

Energy

Sustainable energy is achieved when energy is readily and sustainably available at reasonable cost and can be utilized efficiently and effectively for all required tasks without causing negative societal impacts in the long run.

Designing Culturally Appropriate Homes with Local Youth and Local Materials

First Nation youth are designing and building culturally appropriate homes from local wood they have logged and sawn. A housing design workshop occurred October 2nd and 3rd, 2018 with the Boreal Home Builders and communities of Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations.The design workshops were led by two University of Manitoba architects Lancelot Coar and Shauna Mallory-Hill, as well as Architect Master…

Three Successful Island Lake Graduates of Chainsaw  Train-the-Trainer Course

Author: Laurel Gardiner, IDSS. On October 28th, Cameron Fontaine from Garden Hill, Greg Harper from Wasagamack, and Zeb Taylor from St. Theresa Point, began a great adventure to obtain their Chainsaw Instructors Certification through Arboriculture Canada. They travelled to Camp Caroline in the foothills of the Rocky Mountains, and thoroughly enjoyed their training. First, they…

Mino Bimaadiziwin goes to Ottawa as invited speakers at the CMHC Housing Conference.

Ronald Harper, the Housing Manager from Wasagamack, Professor Alex Wilson from University of Saskatchewan and Professor Shirley Thompson from University of Manitoba were invited to the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation Conference in Ottawa for the partnership panel in November 2018. First Nation Architect, Douglas Cardinal, provided a brilliant keynote. As well as our panel talk, where we delivered…