Healthy and Sustainable Housing in Indigenous Communities

Healthy and sustainable housing is a critical social determinant of health and well-being. In Indigenous communities, decades of ineffective government housing and land policy have created abysmal, often culturally inappropriate housing conditions. Through partnership with First Nations, we will explore and uncover solutions to answer these questions: What if we could co-create Indigenous homes to be sources of health, wealth and connection in tune with culture and the environment? How would that change things for future generations? How can we co-create this future together?
This project will serve as part of a case study in developing Indigenous Protected and Conserved Areas (IPCAs) and IPCA Villages that can be applied in other communities across Canada. While the focus is on Indigenous communities, the lessons learned can be applied to all communities Indigenous and non-Indigenous.

Faculty Supervisor:

Phalguni Mukhopadhyaya


Eric Wilson


IISAAK OLAM Foundation


Engineering - civil


Information and cultural industries


University of Victoria



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