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.
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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.