We acknowledge that we are in Mi’kma’ki, the ancestral and unceded territory of the Mi’kmaq People, a land governed by the Treaties of Peace and Friendship.
We recognize and honor the more than 400-year history of people of African descent in Nova Scotia, expressing our deep gratitude to the African ancestors who have shaped this land alongside us.
At this moment of reckoning, we find ourselves committed to balancing the African Nova Scotian endeavor for rightful land restoration with deep respect for the Mi’kmaw’s unceded territory. Our path forward is marked by empathy, a dedication to justice, stewardship, and mutual respect.
Established in 2022, UHPCLT emerged as a response to the increasing concerns within our community, with a commitment to strengthening, protecting, and preserving the historical and sacred lands of Upper Hammonds Plains. Our mission is centered around providing affordable housing and preserving the African Nova Scotian culture and heritage through collective land ownership and responsible stewardship. We envision Upper Hammonds Plains as a community where affordable and secure land ownership is a reality, achieved through community-led development that is deeply rooted in cultural traditions and social equity. Aspiring to be a leader in developing community land trusts within Black communities provincially and nationally, UHPCLT is dedicated to preserving the cultural heritage and economic prosperity of our neighborhoods, while creating opportunities for Black families and individuals to access affordable housing, economic opportunities, and the tools necessary for building intergenerational wealth.
We envision a future where everyone in Upper Hammonds Plains has access to affordable rental housing and pathways to homeownership. Through innovative, people-centered housing designs, we aim to create sustainable and equitable housing solutions.
Our journey involves documenting every step of the CLT implementation process. From incorporating as a registered non-profit to selecting a dedicated board, developing a multi-year strategic plan, hiring staff, and acquiring our first asset – we are committed to sharing our experiences and insights.
By documenting our key activities and learning experiences, we aspire to support other CLTs operating in similar contexts. We believe in the power of sharing challenges and lessons to foster collaboration and success within the CLT community.
Making an Impact
Beyond the foundational work, we are actively testing the CLT model by acquiring land parcels from residents and government entities. Our initiative will create safe, sustainable, and affordable housing options for our residents.
Through UHPCLT, we aim to inspire other historically African Nova Scotian communities in Nova Scotia to take control of their land and pursue economic prosperity. Together, we can unlock the potential of our community and make a lasting impact.
UHPCLT is not just about housing solutions; it’s about fostering community engagement, bringing professionals, stakeholders, and governments together, and creating environmentally sustainable projects. We empower our community to learn about land management, participate in development, and collaborate on remarkable housing projects.
Join us on our journey as we work towards a brighter, more equitable future for Upper Hammonds Plains.