Housing solutions lab

The Power of Land Trusts In African Nova Scotian Communities

About the solutions lab

Housing Solutions Labs are used to explore interactive and participatory ways of making progress on a housing challenge faced by a community. UHPCLT received funding from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) through the National Housing Strategy to conduct a Solutions Lab, “Driving Transformation: The Power of Land Trusts in African Nova Scotian Communities.” This initiative is a step towards empowering our community to reclaim control of our historic settlement lands, fostering economic prosperity, while deepening our understanding and respect for the legacy and rights of the Mi’kmaq who first stewarded this land. The Lab’s primary goal is to tackle systemic barriers in establishing a community land trust within Upper Hammonds Plains, and to develop an initial framework to guide how membership to the land trust and decision-making will work. UHPCLT partnered with SHS Consulting and Courage Communications to conduct 3 workshop sessions in January-March 2024. 

Our team is currently preparing to share the final results of the lab. Thank you to all of our partners, contributors and community members who made this possible. We’ve produced a three-volume newsletter to share our experiences and learnings from the solutions lab. Browse our recent issues and workshop documents to get a glimpse of what we have been working on!

LAB newsletter


A recap of our Solutions Lab launch, Development Workshop and a timeline of historic land events in UHP.


Meet the Board of the UHPCLT, and hear from community voices on the future of Upper Hammonds Plains.


Defining our values, and a final recap of the Prototype Workshop, our final solutions lab session.

Workshop documents

discovery workshop pre-read

development Workshop pre-read

prototyping Workshop pre-read