The Boreal Forest stretches over half of Canada's landmass, it's the country's biggest ecosystem, and one of the largest tracts of ancient forest on the planet. For thousands of years, this forest has sustained generations of Aboriginal peoples, providing food, medicine and shelter. The Sagkeeng First Nation’s territory encompasses large parts of the forest in north central Manitoba. Here at Sagkeeng, like elsewhere, traditional reliance on the forest’s resource has diminished dramatically.
Plagued by a housing crisis of third world proportions, some First Nations are finding solutions in the forest, and in the use of age-old methods of harvesting these resources. Over the past half century, Frontiers Foundation has helped renovate and build more than 2500 homes in Aboriginal communities across Canada. In the process, they've given hundreds of First Nation band members the skills and training necessary to go from standing tree to standing home.