A volunteer using a hammer wearing a hard hat on a build site
Indigenous Housing Partnership

Aug. 15/20 — Aug. 22/20

Ontario - Chippewas of Nawash

Is this build opportunity for me?

  • Home Construction Indigenous Housing Partnership
  • Weather Warm
  • Calendar August 15 - 22
  • Language English
  • Budget ~$1,775 + 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, August 15
Travel to Grey Bruce
Day 2: Sunday, August 16
Neyaashiinigming traditional powwow
Day 3-6: Monday, August 17 - Thursday, August 20
Build days
Day 7: Friday, August 21
Final build day and farewell
Day 8 : Saturday, August 22
Depart Grey Bruce
(The above itinerary may be subject to changes)

The 2020 POWWOW will take place on Friday, August 14, Saturday, August 15, and Sunday, August 17 and will feature many local artists, dancers, and musicians from the community.

Habitat individual donation

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

$1,775 (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: Bernadette Levesque

My name is Bernadette Levesque, and I live, work and play in the beautiful Peace river region. More specifically, I reside on our farm, a few miles from my hometown of Falher.

I'm an inter-generational French-Canadian Settler of Treaty 8, the ancestral territories of the Cree, Beaver, Chipewyan and other First Nations peoples.

I was born in late December under the vivid and dancing colours of the Northern Lights. Since that first day, I continue to experience a myriad of blessings from the land.

Here on my farm, I've planted seeds, nurtured, and learnt the most important lesson of life, which is to be a friend and in solidarity with my brothers and sisters of the world. Because of this awareness, I feel even more privileged to have discovered the work of Habitat for Humanity Canada's Global Village in which families and volunteers partner with their hearts and hands to build homes.

Hence, I invite you to join me on this journey of bringing communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. We all are deserving of a house... a home... un chez-moi.

Please feel free to contact me at murdle@telusplanet.net if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply now using the on-line application!