Idle No More – One House Many Nations: Next Steps
The One House Many Nations campaign raises awareness about housing conditions and pressures governments to live up to their Treaty, moral, and legal responsibilities, in addition to providing homes. We are starting a pilot project with the goal of creating a small sustainable village. Sustainable forms of energy such as solar and wind are extremely expensive to access and install especially in non-urban settings. An associated think tank would connect current partners with experts who have the technology and skills to produce small sustainable communities.
The One House Many Nations: Next Steps focuses on building sustainable housing out of recycled wooden pallets. This project is significant for three reasons:
- It supports Indigenous nation building by ensuring Indigenous people have continued access to their lands and resources using sustainable technology.
- It is an exemplar of how we can reclaim resources (such as lumber) that have been taken from our lands, often without consent, to develop much needed housing and other infrastructure.
- It is an act of restitution for ongoing government and corporate exploitation on our lands and communities.
The lack of access to basic needs such as housing and water in First Nations communities is an aspect of ongoing colonialism and racism that must be addressed. Indigenous peoples living on First Nations are on the front lines of resistance to resource extraction. The OHMN Next Steps intervenes in the many levels of exploitation that continues on Indigenous territories.
The short video and letter below provide further detail regarding the technology that will be used for building sustainable housing with wooden pallets, as well as the impetus for this model.
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