Volunteers gather for a final photo after building Fran’s earthship.

By Tom Keefer

SIX NATIONS – Over 50 volunteers organized by Earthship Biotecture gathered on Saturday July 30th, 2016 to hand over the key to the Earthship they have been building for Francine Doxtator over the past two weeks. The project was finished according to schedule, and it has made a major contribution to the lives of Fran, her daughter, and her five grandchildren who have been living in substandard housing for decades.

Real People’s Media was there, and we produced a series of video reports from the build.

PART 1: THE EARTHSHIP AT SIX NATIONS

Fran Doxtator takes us on a tour of her new Earthship home that is being built by volunteers at Six Nations.

PART 2. BAND COUNCIL, CONFEDERACY, AND THE SIX NATIONS EARTHSHIP

Francine Doxtator talks about some of the underlying politics at Six Nations and why she chooses to work with the Confederacy over Band Council.

PART 3: THE KEY TO THE SIX NATIONS EARTHSHIP

Francine Doxtator receives the key to her Earthship from architect Michael Reynolds in Six Nations Territory of the Grand River.

PHOTOS OF THE BUILD

Sylvia Nowak took some amazing photographs of the build as it was underway. All photos are hosted on her Facebook page. Please feel free to like and share!

  1. Earthship Build Days 1-4
  2. Earthship Build Days 5-9
  3. Earthship Build Days 10-13

MEDIA ROUND-UP

The following are some of the media stories covering Francine’s Earthship.

April 3, 2016. Globe and Mail: Eco-friendly home built free of charge for Six Nations woman.

July 19, 2016. The Guardian: Welcome to earthships: an off-the-grid solution to Canada’s housing crisis?.

Eco-friendly Earthship to be new home for Six Nations grandmother.

July 20, 2016: Two Row Times: Flower’s Earthship has Landed.

July 27, 2016: Turtles Island News: Earthship Countdown Begun.