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Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

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Selected Innovators

During the Accelerator period, the 24 selected Indigenous innovators will spend up to 18 months working with experts on refining their ideas. Innovators that successfully complete the Accelerator period and develop their ideas into fully implementable proposals will move to the second-stage screening.

Yukon

  • Nelson Lepine from the Carcross/Tagish Management Corporation (Carcross, Yukon) will work with 14 First Nation communities to develop an innovative Prefabricated Building Manufacturing Plant. The plant will address housing needs by supporting training, innovation, manufacturing and production. The project will be developed in close collaboration with Yukon College to maximize apprenticeship learning opportunities in housing and research and development for northern housing. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing.

Northwest Territories

  • James Caesar from the K’asho Gotine Housing Society (Fort Good Hope, Northwest Territories) will design and develop a home repair and maintenance education program and an innovative model to procure housing materials. This innovative idea will provide hands-on experience for local skilled tradespeople and address barriers to accessing housing materials. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing

Nunavut

  • Chelsea Singoorie will receive support to develop a construction apprentice program for young adults to support the Qaggiq Project in Cambridge Bay, Nunavut, an idea to build tiny homes around a communal gathering space to address overcrowding and homelessness. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing

British Columbia

  • Lucy Gagnon from Witset First Nation (Moricetown, British Columbia) will receive support to develop their idea of a restorative healing lodge and residence for Indigenous youth aged 12 to18. The lodge will incorporate an Indigenous approach to rehabilitating Indigenous youth such as talking circles, Elder supports, sweat lodges with sweetgrass, and cultural outdoor activities. It will also include a social enterprise component—gardening as a form of therapy but also as a source of food for lodge residents. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Carrigan Tallio from Nuxalk Nation (Bella Coola, British Columbia) will receive support to design an Elders’ Village, a family-centered housing community that supports intergenerational living, flexible community spaces and traditional art, culture and natural landscape in the design. The idea moves away from western nuclear housing and brings forward the community practices used by Nuxalkmc ancestral ways of living. Focus area: Traditional First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit building styles, designs and techniques
  • Blair Bellerose from Lu'ma Native Housing Society (Vancouver, British Columbia) will receive support to develop an affordable Indigenous-led and owned mixed-use housing complex for the Indigenous community in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The complex includes a healing centre, food centre, health and wellbeing centre, supported adult housing units, and affordable rental units for low-income families. The complex will incorporate cultural elements such as the longhouse form with a Coast Salish Blanket pattern by local Indigenous artists. Focus area: Creating welcoming urban spaces for First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit individuals
  • Chief Gordon Planes from the Centres for Indigenous Sustainability (T'Sou-ke Nation, ʔaq̓am Nation, Tseycum Nation, Tla-o-qui-aht Nation, Sooke, Cranbrook and Saanich, British Columbia) will receive support to build housing for an aging population, so they do not have to leave their communities as they age. This innovative idea also aims to build capacity and empower community members through the development of the training program with academic and technical partners. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing

Alberta

  • Katie Rabbit-Young Pine from the Changing Horses NPF Society (Blood Tribe, Kainai, Treaty 7 Territory, Southern Alberta) will receive support to design and develop a supportive housing complex with single homes placed around a central gathering space. The complex will include a community hub to provide services for harm reduction and a tipi area for ceremonies and cultural teachings accommodating the therapeutic needs of community members. The project will adopt a Housing First Approach using Blackfoot cultural teachings to build and strengthen the community and support healing. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Natoshia Bastien from Whitefish Lake First Nation (Standoff, Alberta) will receive support to establish a band-owned housing development company and mortgage corporation that will enable the Nation to finance the design and construction of homes on its territory. This idea will support community vision for self-reliance and economic sustainability and help retain younger generations in the community by providing them with housing options. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing
  • Rodrick Saddleback from Samson Cree Nation (Maskwacis, Alberta) will receive support to develop a prototype of a multi-generational home which includes independent living space for elders and communal space to support ceremonial and spiritual practices. The design seeks to maximize energy efficiency by incorporating solar energy and extend the life of the home by selecting durable materials, such as hempcrete walls. Focus area: Traditional First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit building styles, designs and techniques

Saskatchewan

  • Cynthia Desjarlais from Muskowekwan First Nation (Treaty 4 Territory, Saskatchewan) will receive support to develop a Family Healing and Wellness Centre to accommodate families with intergenerational trauma. This idea will create an environment where First Nations families can stay together and heal through a culturally responsive approach. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Kelly Pruden from the Central Urban Métis Federation Inc. (Saskatoon, Saskatchewan) will receive support to develop a culturally appropriate Elders’ residence with wrap-around health and cultural supports. The residence will enable Métis seniors to live independently in an environment that provides services to address age-related challenges. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Tavia Laliberte from the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies (Saskatchewan) will receive support to design and develop a multi-unit student housing complex in Saskatoon or Regina to provide a home away from home and safe and culturally-relevant living spaces for Indigenous students studying at the Saskatchewan Indian Institute of Technologies and offer wrap-around cultural supports. The design will include innovative, sustainable and energy-efficient materials. Focus area: Creating welcoming urban spaces for First Nation, Métis Nation and Inuit individuals

Manitoba

  • Brad Boudreau from the Manitoba Metis Federation (Winnipeg, Manitoba) will receive support to design a housing complex to temporarily accommodate Métis citizens travelling to Winnipeg to access healthcare. The complex will have the capacity to house several families simultaneously in private living quarters complemented by shared kitchen and living spaces. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Natasha Spence from Opaskwayak Cree Nation (Treaty 5 Territory, Manitoba) will receive support to develop the design of a 'universal utility core' and a facility to produce it for local homes. The innovative idea of a 'universal utility core' would house all heating, ventilation, plumbing and electrical components of homes. Focus area: Energy independence and efficiency
  • Mona Buors from the Manitoba Metis Federation (Winnipeg, Manitoba) will receive support to develop a culturally safe urban transition facility to serve Métis youth aging out of Child and Family Services support. The project envisions a dorm-style complex with private rooms, shared laundry facilities, a communal kitchen, dining hall and living space. Wrap-around support services will be made available to help youth heal from trauma, reconnect with their culture and transition to life on their own. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations

Ontario

  • Patti Pettigrew from Thunder Woman Healing Lodge Society (Toronto, Ontario) will receive support to advance the design and development of the Thunder Woman Healing Lodge, a complex that will offer counselling, support and long-term housing for Indigenous women transitioning from a corrections facility to the community. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Kim Sigurdson from Pikangikum First Nation - Health Authority in partnership with Indigenous Innovations Corporation (Ontario) will receive support with the design and development of its ‘Community Safe Village’. The idea aims to provide safe, transitional, emergency housing with professional and culturally sensitive support for community members escaping violence. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • David L. Flood from Wahkohtowin Development General Partnership Incorporated (Chapleau, Ontario) will receive support to develop the idea of a "tree to home" supply chain that uses local resources and labour to meet local demand and address housing needs with adaptive, energy efficient, and custom-designed homes. The project will develop custom-designed homes through partnership with Boreal Products and Hornepayne Lumber. Homes will be constructed using Boreal Products’ thermo-log technology. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing
  • Kathy Fortin from the North Bay Indigenous Friendship Centre (North Bay, Ontario) will receive support to develop their ‘Suswin Village’ idea. Suswin, which means 'nest' in Ojibway, will provide a safe, accessible and dignified housing solution for Indigenous community members who are ready to leave the emergency shelter system. Suswin Village will provide them with stable housing and individualized wrap-around support services necessary to find permanent housing, employment and overall long-term success and stability in the community. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Indigenous Clean Energy Social Enterprise will receive support for an innovative idea to transform homes in the communities of Fishing Lake Métis Settlement (Alberta), Red Rock Indian Band (Ontario), and the new lands of Animbiigoo Zaagi'igan Anishinaabek (Ontario) to be healthy, energy efficient, culturally appropriate, and durable. Experiences will be shared through the Bringing It Home initiative. This idea focuses on three key outcomes: high-efficiency building standards and training for construction, trades, and home. Focus area: Energy independence and efficiency.

Quebec

  • Dennis Nicholas from the Waseskun Healing Community (Saint-Alphonse-Rodriguez, Quebec) will receive support to develop a new housing complex to accommodate elderly Indigenous men transferring from correctional custody and provide wrap-around services to support their transition to community life. Focus area: Support for vulnerable populations
  • Vanessa Pien from Naskapi Nation of Kawawachikamach (Quebec) will receive support to develop her idea of a mixed-use building that combines residential and commercial purposes with the ground level reserved for local businesses, and the second floor for small apartments for young people and single parents. Focus area: Using the home for empowerment, capacity and support for local business in Indigenous housing

Atlantic

  • Chris Jadis from Abegweit First Nation - Scotchfort Reserve, Stewart (Prince Edward Island) will receive support for the design and development of a multi-unit, passive solar housing complex to accommodate young, single adults and three or four families. The build aims to support energy independence and incorporate energy efficiencies to minimize energy costs. The idea aims to get the complex certified to meet Canadian passive house standards. Focus area: Energy independence and efficiency

Initiative details

Who can apply?

  • Individuals of First Nation, Inuit or Métis Nation heritage
  • Representatives of First Nation, Inuit or Métis Nation government
  • Indigenous representatives of a First Nation-, Inuit- or Métis Nation- owned and operated private or not-for-profit entity

Key Dates

  • Launch: April 11, 2019
  • First-stage screening: Fall 2019
  • 24 applicants selected for Accelerator: December 2019
  • Accelerator begins: Januart 2020
  • Second-stage screening: Beginning spring 2020
  • Project Implementation Period: 2020-2023

Funding

  • Accelerator Period: Up to 24 applicants will receive up to $350,000 worth of funding and support services
  • Project Implementation Period: 15 to 24 projects that successfully complete the Accelerator Period will move to second-stage screening and could receive up to $2 million per project.