Home Design Workshop in Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nation: Building Houses. Building Capacity.

Manitoba’s First Nation communities are facing a severe housing shortage due to population growth, inadequate funding from the government, restrictive government policies, lack of land ownership on reserve by communities, lack of homeownership by residents and culturally inappropriate housing designs, among other factors (Kendall, 2001; Mctavish et al., 2012). To tackle the poor condition and…

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…