The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home is a part of a strategic mission to stop the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline by building 10 tiny houses on wheels in the path of the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc collective title and rights to our unceded lands. We have never provided our collective free, prior and informed consent - the minimal international standard - to the project.
Thanks to generous donors like you in a growing grassroots Indigenous-led resistance movement, our first phase of building is complete with three tiny houses already on the land. We are now moving to round 2 of building at our spring building action camp!
SECWEPEMC OPPOSITION & LAND DEFENCE
The Secwepemc Nation is the largest Indigenous nation in BC with territory stretching from the Rockies into the B.C. interior. Half of the proposed Kinder Morgan pipeline threatens to pass through 518 km of unceded Secwepemc territory.
We, the Secwepemc, have vowed to stop this pipeline and refuse its passage through their territory. We are standing up to protect Secwepemcul'ecw (unceded Secwepemc Territory), one of the most ecologically biodiverse places on the planet and where we harvest and hunt our abundant foods and medicines from the land and water.
The proposed Kinder Morgan project would triple the capacity of the already existing pipeline to 890,000 barrels per day and would be transporting deadly bitumen from the dirty Alberta Tar Sands.
We stand together against any and all threats to our peoples, our women, our two-spirits, our children, our lands, the wildlife, the salmon, the waterways.
SPRING BUILDING ACTION CAMP
Thanks to generous donors like you, we have already constructed three Tiny Houses on Wheels. In our spring building action camp, we plan to build five more tiny houses on wheels in fifteen days.
From May 25 till June 8, 2018 in Secwepemc Territory along the pipeline route, we will be kicking off our spring building action camp.
Costs Per Tiny House on Wheels
$5,000 18' equipment hauler trailer (new)
$5,000 lumber & supplies (new & recycled)
$10,000 Total cost per tiny house
x 5 = $50,000 GOAL
Each building is constructed by experienced volunteer builders. Tiny home is constructed within 5 days. Construction includes bolting tiny house frame onto trailer, building exterior & interior walls, installing roof, insulating interior and installing cedar walls. (Flooring and installing built-in beds/furniture, if time permits)
By building these Tiny Houses, we are asserting our collective Secwepemc Title and responsibility and jurisdiction to our lands and waters. The Tiny House Warrior movement is the start of re-establishing village sites and asserting our title over our unceded Territories.
Besides stopping the Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain Pipeline, tiny houses will provide sustainable housing to Secwepemc land users and food harvesters. Each tiny house will also include various unique sustainable economic solutions and arts, for example a recording studio, radio station, tattoo shop, healing spa, and herb/tea shop. Each home will eventually be installed with off-the-grid solar power and will have vibrant and colourful Secwepemc murals with relevant ancient Secwepemc stories painted on them by Secwepemc muralists.
The Tiny House Warriors are building something beautiful that models hope, possibility and solutions to the world. We invite anyone and everyone to join us. Please give generously towards our Tiny House Warriors Spring Building Action Camp.
OTHER WAYS TO SUPPORT
1) Make one-time OR monthly donations online:
Please make sure to note “Tiny House Warriors” in the “Note” field on your online donation.
The Secwepemc Nation Youth Network is an affiliate of the Seventh Generation Fund for Indigenous Peoples. All charitable donations are tax-deductible, through the above donation link.
2) Buy a Tiny House Warriors Album Vol. 1
3) Say No to Kinder Morgan Camps
Tiny House Warriors and Secwepemc Women’s Warrior Society issued a Women’s Declaration Against Kinder Morgan Man Camps. Sign in support of our declaration here:
4) Get informed and share the news
We are going big, by going small and remain committed to upholding our collective and spiritual responsibility and jurisdiction to look after the land, the language and the culture of our people. Join us!
- Deanna F
- Roz Isaac
- Ashley Bate
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