My journey through the Islands of the North as a researcher…

I have had many transformative moments in my role as a researcher with the Mino Bimaadiziwin Partnership where I am learning to build capacity and housing as a mentor in the Boreal Homebuilder (BHB) post-secondary program in both Wasagamack and Garden Hill First Nations communities in Island Lakes, Manitoba. I flew in to these remote…

Garden Hill Boreal Homebuilder students meet challenges with innovation

The weather challenges imposed by winter on the Boreal Homebuilders to build a house in Garden Hill First Nation are great. This job is particularly difficult without a foundation in place in November and December. Currently, the lakes are freezing up, not allowing concrete materials and concrete mixer truck to cross the lake for this…

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…