Global Village volunteers working on the framing of a house
Indigenous Housing Partnership

Jul. 11/20 — Jul. 18/20

Ontario - Chippewas of Nawash

Volunteer in an Indigenous Housing Partnership whilst giving a "hand up" to families in need

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Indigenous Housing Partnership
  • Weather Warm
  • Calendar July 11 - 18
  • Language English
  • Budget ~$1,800 + air transportation

In 2019, six detached homes were built by the First Nation and Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce. This was the first housing project in Ontario where Habitat for Humanity partnered with a First Nation to build housing on reserve as the primary contractor. Four hundred volunteers, including volunteers from the First nation, the homeowners, and Habitat for Humanity, provided more than 8,000 hours to this innovative project.

Overall, the project marked the 10th house for the Neyaashiinigmiing Rent to Own Program at Kaikaiknong Crescent, which is part of a new 18 lot development in partnership with Habitat Grey Bruce with major funding for the construction of the houses from Indigenous Services Canada, Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and the Tachane Foundation along with donation from local businesses and organizations.

Habitat for Humanity Grey Bruce

The need for affordable housing continues to increase in many communities throughout Grey and Bruce counties. The average waiting list for assisted rental housing is about three years forcing many families to pay high rent in often substandard units.

There are nearly 2 billion people around the world who live in inadequate housing and more than 100 million are homeless. Habitat helps by building or renovating simple, decent houses in partnership with those in need. Not only do we want to be building homes here we are also committed to supporting the construction of homes internationally through annual contributions to Habitat Canada’s Global Neighbours Alliance.

Habitat building or in-country schedule

Day 1: Saturday, July 11
Travel to Grey Bruce
Day 2: Sunday, July 12
Cultural day
Day 3-6: Monday, July 13 - Thursday, July 16
Build days
Day 7: Friday, July 17
Final build day and farewell
Day 8: Saturday, July 18
Depart Grey Bruce
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

Habitat individual donation

The Habitat individual donation for this 8 day opportunity to build with Habitat Grey Bruce is approximately

$1,800 (1) + air transportation (2)

(1) The Habitat individual covers all costs associated with hosting volunteers on the project site as well as support to the project and programs of the local Habitat for Humanity organization: room and board, orientation materials, transportation, traveler's medical insurance, and a donation to Habitat Grey Bruce and to Habitat for Humanity Canada Global Village programs. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for this individual donation.

(2) Participants will need to independently arrange and pay for air transportation from their point of departure to Toronto and must be done in consultation with the team leader. Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the eligible airfare.

Meet your team leader: Ernie Fraser

Hello - my name is Ernie Fraser and I have been involved with Global Village for many years. Since 2006, I have participated in 21 Global village builds and been the team leader on 20 builds in Eastern Europe, Asia-Pacific, South America, the United States, and Canada (Yukon, Prince Edward Island, Iqaluit and Tobique First Nation in New Brunswick). I find volunteering with Global Village provides unique cultural experiences and an opportunity to give a "hand up" to a family wanting to improve their housing situation. We also get to work alongside local people and meet like-minded people from across Canada who often become long-term friends. As always, I am excited to lead this build and hope you will join me in supporting an Indigenous family here in our own country.

Please feel free to contact me at if you would like to learn more about this build or apply now using the on-line application!