Reserve residences are an integral part of the residential experience for first-year students enrolled as full-time undergraduates at Brandeis. They provide students with a safe, social and engaging environment designed to support their academic success and build community.
These homes are also a place for students to meet with their classmates and faculty, as well as participate in peer group dialogues and study groups that are tailored to each major. In addition, residential staff is prepared to assist you with your academic success by connecting you with tutoring and advising services, facilitating career development activities, and providing opportunities for peer learning.
Residents in these residences are required to sign a contract with the Housing Office before moving in. The contract will include a $270 non-refundable fee and $63 activity fee. These fees are due prior to submitting your application for housing and must be submitted by April 1st for Fall quarter and November 1st for Spring quarter.
Living on a reserve is an important and unique aspect of Aboriginal Canadian culture, as it allows members to connect with their roots. However, it can be a challenging experience for some.
Many Indigenous communities have struggled to maintain housing on their reserves and some are struggling to find adequate financial resources to meet their needs. The Attawapiskat reserve in northern Ontario is a notable case of this.
Some Indigenous communities have developed a strategy to improve housing conditions on their reserves. These strategies involve a range of initiatives including: improved water and wastewater systems, building new housing, and training and employment programs.
Despite the challenges, reserves are a crucial component of Native Canada’s cultural survival. They provide a space where Aboriginal people can live, work and play, as well as practice traditional Indigenous languages.
The majority of First Nations people continue to live on small reserves, which are still under government control. These reserves are often remote and isolated. Moreover, they often lack basic services such as electricity and running water.
They are also a source of conflict between the governments of various provinces and the federal government. This is a result of the lack of compensation that has been paid to First Nations for the land they were given and the resource extraction that took place in their territories.
A growing number of First Nations are experiencing financial distress and may be at risk of losing their reserve or being forced to relocate to another location. Some are receiving intervention from the federal government, such as in the Attawapiskat reserve.
This can be in the form of a financial assistance program that supports Aboriginal families with rent, mortgage payments or home repairs. It can also mean that the government is taking over the finances of a reserve in order to implement a remedial plan.
Rather than living in their own homes, some First Nations people choose to live in other communities or cities. Alternatively, they can choose to join the local Aboriginal community in a traditional manner.