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…