We are facing legal challenges because we are occupying our land. 

We are criminalized for doing so and are forced to defend our land in court.

We must maintain camp.

The Tiny House Warriors: Our Land is Home is a part of a mission to stop the Trans Mountain pipeline from crossing unceded Secwepemc Territory.

Ten tiny houses will be built and placed strategically along the 518 km Trans Mountain pipeline route to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to this pipeline.

The pipeline is one of the most serious threats to our Territories. 

We have never provided and will never provide our collective free, prior and informed consent – the minimal international standard – to the Trans Mountain Pipeline Project.

The Tiny House Warrior movement is the start of re-establishing village sites and asserting our authority over our unceded Territories.Each tiny house will provide housing to Secwepemc families facing a housing crisis due to deliberate colonial impoverishment. Each home will eventually be installed with off-the-grid solar power.

We are going big,

by going small.

By building these Tiny Houses, we are asserting our collective Secwepemc responsibility and jurisdiction to our lands and waters.

WHAT'S HAPPENING NOW

On April 19, 2020, three white men and one white woman violently attacked the Tiny House Warriors Blue River camp. The men destroyed the memorial of red dresses for missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls, stole the truck of Kanahus Manuel and rammed it into a Tiny House. The drunk men verbally abused her and threatened her safety.

Just a month prior, over 100 human rights experts, policy analysis, lawyers and land defenders gathered in Secwepmec territory for a two-day human rights symposium. A delegation also traveled to the Tiny House Warrior villages in Blue River and Moombeam, Secwepemc Territory to learn more about how these land and water defenders struggle for land and self determination on the ground to protect their territory from the Trans Mountain Pipeline.

More details to come. 

Latest Press Releases & Updates

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Joint Statement by Secwepemc & Gidimt’en Land Defenders

“Pipeline companies threaten violence to communities, salmon and wildlife with drilling under sacred headwaters…In the past few days we have seen Indigenous women interrupted during ceremonies in both territories, and arrests and incarcerations in Secwepemc territories, for enacting their sacred responsibilities.”

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...THE TMX PIPELINE WILL NEVER BE BUILT

“The Tiny House Warriors responded to today’s official approval of the Transmountain Pipeline by insisting that it will never be built on Secwempemc land, which includes 50% of the proposed pipeline route…”

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LETTER FROM HUMAN RIGHTS SYMPOSIUM PARTICIPANTS

On March 14-15, 2020, 100 people across Canada attended a human rights symposium in Secwepmec territory in support of the Tiny House Warriors. This letter affirms our unanimous support for the work of the Tiny House Warriors and expresses the deep concern we feel for their safety.

TAKE ACTION

How you can support

We have built six Tiny Houses and are just four houses away from our goal of ten. Each costs between $25-40,000 to build.

Your support will help us reach our goal in the face of the legal costs that have resulted from our unwavering committment to the land, the language and the culture of our people.  

Help us build and defend the tiny houses.

The women are saying:
water is life, our land is our home.