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Indigenous Housing Program
Tobique First Nation
September 22 - 29, 2018
Work with a First Nation Family to build a home!
Join a team of like-minded people to help a First Nation family achieve their dream of a safe and affordable home of their own while learning more about the culture of a First Nation community. Construction experience is not necessary to join the trip – just a spirit of adventure, willingness to work hard, a sense of humour and openness to new experiences.
Why should I go to Tobique First Nation?
Tobique First Nation is one of six Wolastoqiyik or Maliseet Nation reserves in New Brunswick. With a population of about 2,500, Tobique is the largest of the Maliseet Nation reserves in the province. The reserve is located on the north side of the Tobique River near where the river flows into the St. John River. The Tobique Reserve was established in 1801 with nearly 20,000 acres being granted after a petition to the government by band members. Over the years, the reserve area was reduced by surrenders to squatters and a major surrender in 1892. Today, roughly two-thirds of Tobique First Nation members reside on the reserve lands.
Tell me about Habitat for Humanity Fredericton
Tobique First Nation (TFN) and Habitat for Humanity Fredericton Area (Habitat Fredericton) have formalized a partnership through a Memorandum of Understanding. The project is the first indigenous home building partnership between a First Nation community and Habitat for Humanity in Atlantic Canada. The home ownership program will enable more First Nations member families to realize their dream of home ownership.
Habitat Fredericton works toward a world where everyone has a safe and decent place to live by giving families a “hand-up, not a “hand-out.” Habitat Fredericton’s territory covers the area encompassed by the city, western and northern New Brunswick.
What will my week look like?
- Saturday, September 22 – Arrive in Fredericton
- Sunday, September 23 – Cultural Day
- Monday, September 24-Friday, September 28 – Build days
- Saturday, September 29 – 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?
Our lodging will be in a local hotel/motel with two people sharing per room. Breakfast will be taken at the hotel/motel, lunch at the build site and dinner at local restaurants. Snacks and water will also be provided at the build site.
What will it cost?
|This cost for this 8 day opportunity to build in Fredericton is approximately
$1,770 + round-trip airfare
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 Fredericton and the Global Village Canada program. Participants will need to arrange and pay for round-trip air transportation from their point of departure to Fredericton. 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 Leader: Ernie Fraser
I have participated in 19 Global Village (GV) trips and have been the team leader on 18 of the trips to places in Europe, Asia, South America, the US, Yukon and PEI. I believe GV trips provide tremendous opportunities to strengthen the global village across cultures in ways that are truly unique. I am extremely pleased to be leading a GV trip to the province where I was born and grew up.
Please feel free to contact me firstname.lastname@example.org if you would like to learn more about this trip or apply by using our online application.