We are registered as a not-for-profit organization, to ensure that the land is held in trust for future generations. We began the process of applying for charitable status, but discovered that were we found to be too political (by, you know, saying things like "Canada isn't real.") the Land Trust could be dissolved, and the land expropriated. As a result, we will not be registering as a charity.
Getting the land was an important first step! We will continue to raise funds to build essential infrastructure (road access, a well, and storage for supplies). If you wish to donate via e-transfer, the email is mislandtrust[at]gmail[dot]com.
For more information about how the land purchase happened, please read this article in Briarpatch's amazing Land Back issue: https://briarpatchmagazine.com/articles/view/back-2-the-land-2land-2furious
Métis in Space are landless Métis, who want to build a feminist Indigenous compound, on the land, to ensure that our Indigenous LGBTQ and Two-Spirit kin are centred, and have access to land, teachings, ceremony, and community. This has been a goal of ours for a very, very, very long time, but we simply do not have the means to buy a parcel of land in Lac Ste. Anne county, which is within my traditional territory.
Thus, the Back 2 the Land: 2Land2Furious LandRaiser! We are reaching out to settlers in particular to help us secure a piece of land; fee simple, not borrowed or leased. We need to ensure that we will continue to have access to this land for generations to come. We want to be able to buy a quarter section of land, 160 acres (or a bit less if someone has carved out an acreage and is selling the bulk of the land off). A house on the land would be a bonus, but is not at all required. Alternatively, someone with land to give, could sell it to us at a nominal fee.
We are inspired by projects such as Nimkii Aazhibikong, a year-round Ojibway Art, Culture, and Language Revitalization Camp, built by community, for community, and without government or corporate funding. We want to build communal living spaces, a cook shack, and spaces for ceremony, ensuring that these spaces are all accessible for our kin with mobility issues. We envision this as a permanent space for language and culture learning, capacity building that is, in our opinion, the only way future generations will be able to cope with the massive, deleterious climate disaster that is already upon us. Rather than building an exclusive, individualist, and xenophobic “prepper” community, we are digging deep down to create a community based on principles such as wâhkôhtowin (expanded kinship), and miyo-wîcêhtowin (living in harmony together).
As Eve Tuck and K. Wayne Yang (the folks who put together the Land Relationships Super Collective) wrote back in 2012, Decolonization is Not a Metaphor ! Decolonization requires ensuring that Indigenous peoples have access to LAND, so that we can form and maintain relationships with one another, and our non-human kin. For more information see the blog .
If we end up being gifted land, we will use funds raised to dig a well and buy building materials.
- Flo Godineau
- Ryan Jackson
- Judith Tait
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