Indigenous architects hope to encourage students
- Andréa Ledding | July 06, 2016
“All the Indigenous architects and interns in Canada were invited to an Aboriginal task force meeting in Nanaimo with the goal of discussing how to create more sustainable Indigenous communities,” explains SAA President Ray Gosselin. “When we got together, which is great because we don’t get to do that often and we probably will now, one of the things we talked about was the educational component.”
Indigenous students need to be encouraged to consider architecture right from elementary school onwards, observed Gosselin.
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The president called the task force of Indigenous architects and interns at the Festival of Architecture in Nanaimo to begin the initiatives for the year, this year’s goal being improved sustainability in First Nation communities, selecting one community to focus on.
“In our discussion, it was very clear that there are a lot of communities out there that are not even to the point where they can be developed sustainably because they need things desperately to progress — power and water and things of that nature.”
There is a lot of disparity between Indigenous communities.
“It’s just not the Indigenous way to leave these communities behind, and the government needs to ensure there’s more balance with those in desperation so they can attain any degree of sustainability.”