Is there anything these Secwepemc solar powered tiny houses can’t do?

By Melina Laboucan-Massimo, Indigenous Knowledge and Climate Change Fellow, with video by Zack Embree

One of the things we love about renewable energy is how communities can take control over their power, protect the climate, assert their independence and be the change they want to see in the world.

The Tiny House Warriors from the Secwepemc Nation take this to a whole new level. They are building 10 solar-powered tiny houses in strategic places along the 518-kilometre Kinder Morgan Trans Mountain pipeline route that runs through unceded Secwepemc territory. In doing so, they are also asserting their Indigenous rights and title, reestablishing village sites, providing housing to Secwepemc families facing a housing crisis and working to stop a destructive oilsands pipeline.

Lubicon Solar, an Indigenous solar project from the heart of the tarsands, donated the solar panels for the project and is working with the Tiny House Warriors to install them. Communities from Alberta to Coast Salish territories stand defiant against this pipeline.

We are going big by going small.

Kanahus Manuel, Tiny House Warriors

The Tiny House Warriors project is inspiring in how it brings hope, possibility and solutions to a range of key challenges in environmental, social and Indigenous rights. They invite everyone to support their work and join them on their journey by following them on Facebook.

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