Three tiny homes have been constructed and positioned along the Trans Mountain route in Canada as part of a mission to stop the Kinder Morgan pipeline from crossing unceded Secwepemc Territory.
The “Tiny House Warriors” of Secwepemc Nation are occupying the land in protest of the Trans Mountain pipeline expansion. The indigenous tribe aims to build a total of 10 tiny houses in the way of the pipeline’s construction path in order to assert Secwepemc Law and jurisdiction and block access to the pipeline.
Canadian Prime Minister Justin Trudeau purchased the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline for $4.5 million in May, sparking outrage from environmentalists and Indigenous groups. Justin Trudeau once promised veto power to Indigenous peoples in deciding on the pipeline’s expansion, but failed to keep his word.
In a statement, the Secwepemc Nation said: “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. 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. The Tiny House Warrior movement will be the start of re-establishing village sites and asserting our authority over our unceded Territories.
“We are committed to upholding our collective and spiritual responsibility and jurisdiction to look after the land, the language and the culture of our people. The Tiny House Warriors are building something beautiful that models hope, possibility and solutions to the world. We invite anyone and everyone to join us.”
Kanahus Manuel, an activist of the Secwepemc Nation is spearheading a team of builders and volunteers from all over North America to construct tiny homes with the aim of halting the expansion of the Kinder Morgan’s Trans Mountain pipeline which would run through 518 kilometres of Secwepemc Territory.
The group of dedicated activists say that building the tiny homes is not only an act of resistance, but also of creation, building something beautiful, to create hope and create homes for the community.
Images: © Tiny House Warriors
Rosa Medea is Life & Soul Magazine’s Chief @rosamedea