Mike Hudema, a climate campaigner with Greenpeace Canada—which is backing the first house project—told the Calgary Herald the federal government’s support of Trans Mountain conflicts with its commitment to the Paris climate agreement.

“These homes are about creativity,” Hudema said. “They’re about hope. They’re about resistance and they’re about a more sustainable vision for the future.”

And rather than merely serving as powerful symbols of protest, Manuel said these tiny houses will also serve as homes for Secwepemc people.

“People will be living there,” she said. “We plan to utilize the spaces for language camps, traditional tattooing.”

“The Secwepemc Tiny House Warriors are creating community and building homes for their people,” Hudema said in a statement. “This is why we stand with them—the rightful defenders of their lands and waters—in this peaceful and courageous act of defiance.”

The project has garnered support from other high-profile green groups and environmentalists, including Canadian author and journalist Naomi Klein:

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