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Indigenous Housing Program
August 11 - 18, 2018
Build a house with a First Nation family!
Are you looking to make a positive difference in the lives of others and the opportunity to have a life-changing experience? Do you want to learn more about the culture of a First Nation community? Join us in Curve Lake where you will work alongside band members to build a new Habitat house for an Indigenous family in need of a decent and affordable home. Not only will you learn new skills, but you will also make new friendships, learn more about the history and culture of Curve Lake, and bring action to reconciliation. All it takes is a positive and open mind, a flexible attitude (we build rain or shine!), a willingness to learn, a great sense of humour and the desire to have fun while working hard as part of a team. No prior construction experience or skills are required.
Curve Lake First Nations Community
Curve Lake First Nation people are the Mississaugas of the Anishnaabeg (uhnish-nahbe) nation. Curve Lake First Nation is located approximately 25 KM northeast of Peterborough, Ontario.
First Nations people in Canada are four times more likely than non-Indigenous people to live in dwellings that require major repairs, such as defective plumbing, wiring or structural issues. Curve Lake First Nation is tackling the First Nation housing crisis head on by initiating innovative approaches to homeownership, including a partnership with Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha Region to build two new homes.
The community traces its origins to 1829 when a small group settled around Curve Lake and Mud Lake, officially becoming a reserve in 1889. There are over 2000 members, with over 900 of them living on reserve and remaining living off reserve. The territory consists of a mainland peninsula and a large island (Fox Island) on Buckhorn and Chemong Lake. Other smaller islands throughout the Trent Severn Waterway are also co-owned by Curve Lake First Nations.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Peterborough & Kawartha
This is the first Indigenous housing partnership for Habitat for Humanity Peterborough and Kawartha Region, a non-profit charitable organization working towards a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live. Habitat for Humanity brings communities together to help families build strength, stability and independence through affordable homeownership. The success of the Indigenous Housing Program is rooted in Habitat’s approach – working in partnership with Indigenous communities to help find culturally appropriate, and sustainable, solutions to improve housing conditions for all.
Since 2002, Habitat Peterborough and Kawartha Region have built a total of 25 homes in Peterborough County, City of Kawartha Lakes and Haliburton. The organization offers a range of innovative programs including, Habitat Youth Program (HYP!), Faith in Action, The Green Door (green and sustainable building program), Women Build and Peterborough Renovates program.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, August 11 – Team arrival
- Sunday, August 12 – Cultural Day
- Monday, August 13-Friday, August 17 – Build days
- Saturday, August 18 – Depart for home or extended travel
(Please note that the above itinerary may be subject to changes)
Where will I stay? What will I eat?
We will be staying in several small cottages located along the shores of Buckhorn Lake, a 30 minute drive to the community. Breakfasts and dinners will be prepared by the team at the cottages and lunch will be at the build site. Snacks and water will be provided at the worksite.
What will it cost?
|This cost for this 8 day opportunity to build in Curve Lake is approximately
$1,670 + round-trip transportation to Toronto
The trip cost covers: lodging, food and ground transportation for the build portion of the trip, traveler’s medical insurance, orientation materials, and a donation to HFH Peterborough & Kawartha and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip transportation from their point of departure to Toronto. Flight arrangements must be made in consultation with the team leader.
*Habitat for Humanity Canada will issue a charitable donation tax receipt for the trip cost and the eligible airfare – these will be 2 separate receipts.
Meet the Team Leaders: Ken & Rhonda
Rhonda Gomes and Ken Rutherford are so excited to be leading their 6th Global Village team. They have previously led GV teams to Lesotho, Africa (2017), Tobique First Nations in New Brunswick (2017), Fiji (2016), El Salvador (2015) and Nepal (2014) after sharing an amazing experience on a GV build in New Zealand (2013) that transformed both of their lives. In October 2018 they will be co-leading their 7th build to Chile. Previous experience also includes participating on Global Village teams in Egypt, Poland, Kenya, and the Philippines. Ken has also had the opportunity to experience the culture, living conditions and way of life of indigenous Canadians on a reconciliation trip to the Kitchenuhmaykoosip Inninuwug First Nations community in 2016. Rhonda and Ken share a common passion and vision to inspire and support people in need around the world, while building many lasting friendships along the way.
If you find yourself searching for a new experience in your life and this build sounds like an intriguing adventure, we would love to hear from you!