Partners launch resilient housing solutions project to assist with rebuild of fire-ravaged Lytton, B.C. region.
Kanaka Bar Indian Band, SAIT, Okanagan College, Foresight Canada and Seko Construction have partnered to harness innovation to provide options for the rebuild of a fire-ravaged region in British Columbia.
Also known as “T’eqt”aqtn’mux” or “the crossing place people,” the Kanaka Bar Indian Band is one of 15 Indigenous communities that make up the Nlaka’pamux Nation. For more than 7000 years, Kanaka’s Traditional Territory — located 14 kilometers south of Lytton in the Fraser Canyon region — sustained its people.
SAIT and Patrick Michell, Chief of the Kanaka Bar Indian Band, have entered into an agreement to launch a pilot project focused on climate-resilient housing options for evacuees who lost their homes in the June 30, 2021 Lytton, B.C. wildfire. The project is expected to reveal sustainable new building and retrofitting solutions not only for Kanaka Bar’s members, Lytton residents and the surrounding region, but also all Canadians looking to make their homes resilient to ever-increasing extreme weather events.
“We are delighted to bring together leaders in applied research and innovation to tackle the urgent need to build back our region. We are combining the power of our community with the latest building practices to ensure new housing and its supporting systems, as well as older buildings in the region, are made sustainable and climate resilient,” says Chief Patrick Michell.
The Kanaka Bar Resilient Housing Solutions project is a community-led and community-driven initiative. The project will see SAIT leading a collaborative team with participants from Okanagan College, Foresight Canada and Seko Construction over 10 months to create foundational options for rebuilding in the Lytton region.
The applied research project leverages the expertise and reach of the team to issue an immediate call for commercially-approved Canadian housing building materials, technology providers and product options. The pilot project will include the design and build of four to eight homes to test and validate material properties, climate resiliency, energy performance and affordability. The goal is to develop a suite of viable options for the region, and other communities, throughout medium and long-term rebuilding activities.
This agreement showcases the leadership of Kanaka Bar and their desire to help the greater Lytton region and beyond. The project brings together leading polytechnic institutions from western Canada and Foresight, Canada’s cleantech accelerator, to create an unbiased, multi-disciplinary team of experts that will assess the long-term needs of the greater region and develop a plan for the future. The vision is to build more resilient structures and address future climate impacts with meaningful solutions.