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Chapleau organization hosting Indigenous housing summit

One Bowl touting benefits of modular housing, related economic activities
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One Bowl – Tree to Home, a not-for-profit organization that wants to bring more modular housing into Indigenous communities, is hosting a two-day housing summit next week in Chapleau.

The organization, which is led by Wahkohtowin Development, is working with the Quebec company Boréal Products to expedite the manufacture, construction and delivery of modular homes designed to meet the needs of Indigenous communities.

One Bowl's two-day summit is geared toward First Nation delegates, government representatives, and construction sector stakeholders.

“This summit is a special opportunity to learn, share, and engage with experts and community leaders about what makes Tree to Home housing solutions both culturally significant and economically beneficial for First Nations communities and partners,” the organization notes in a statement.

The event will open on June 24 with a welcoming dinner and networking session.

Throughout the day on June 25, participants will learn about One Bowl's process and plans for a housing hub, along with ongoing projects with communities that are building modular housing for their residents.

That includes a presentation on the eight-plex being built in co-operation with Mushkegowuk Council; a trip to Brunswick House First Nation to observe and participate in a build in that community; and a trip to Chapleau Cree First Nation to tour a chalet build site and learn about finishing solutions and economic opportunities.

The event wraps up with a closing dinner and culminating remarks.

Details about the summit, as well as registration information, are available here.