Seven Generations Home: Elders Village


The Seven Generations home is part of the Indigenous Housing Innovation initiative by the Canadian Government which aims to support indigenous-led solutions to housing. The concept includes 100 units of independent senior housing (built over four phases), complete with a new ceremonial building where the Elders can continue to provide teachings to the community. The homes range from 600 sq. ft. to 800 sq. ft., grouped in clusters of five. Each cluster has a central courtyard for the residents to maintain social connection. In the center of the development is a 7,500 sq. ft. Ceremonial Building inspired by the two-tipi design of the traditional ceremonial structure. Located at the south entrance, this center consists of a complete kitchen and administrative offices, which will host gatherings, ceremony and pow wow. The outdoor area will include a greenhouse and have multiple sites available for sweat lodges. 

The initiative was led by Rod Saddleback, a member of Samson, who through his vision, created a solution to improve Elders privacy, security, autonomy and social connection. The community has long suffered from housing that is dangerous in terms of fire, mold, air quality, overcrowding, and lack of maintenance, and the recent influx of modular structures, have been found to be non-conducive to culture, climate or longevity.



Stage of Completion

Schematic Design (2020-2021)


Samson Cree First Nation, Alberta, Canada


600-7,500 sq.ft. 56-697 m2


Rod Saddleback, Bev Teske-Green

Architect of Record

Wanda Dalla Costa Architect

Design Team

Peng Peng, Rhonda Harvey, Dolores Cremonini, Tierra Miller, Selina Martinez

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