Monday, May 25, 2015

13. Self-sufficiency in the pioneer settlement


Nature provides all animals, including humans to live healthy self-sufficient lives. The internet provides people to gain the necessary knowledge to live self-sufficiently off the land. 

Many people find the proposal in this blog as too idealistic. They claim that it lacks any realism in that such a proposal is not profitable and not "doable". The solutions proposed by others is to help the helpless refugees by saving them and taking care of them. I think that we should rather help the refugees to help themselves. The refugees are not seeking profitable lives, but rather a chance for free dignified lives for themselves and their children.

This post in this blog attempts to convince the reader that the past experience of pioneers clearly demonstrates that people, ready to work hard can, if given the chance, be self sufficient because nature continues to provide everything they need to be self sufficient.

Our world has drastically changed in the past 100 years. Our globalized world has displaced family farms, using natural means to farm, with industrial ones that must use chemical fertilizers and antibacterial medicines and cruel handling of animals.  While man`s "wants" have changed over the century, his "needs" have remained the same. Nature continues to provide for all of his needs.

The internet with its rich source of knowledge, the modern materials and machinery and new micro-farming techniques make self-sufficient living off the land more and more attractive and doable. It not only provides us with cheaper and healthier food, but frees us from dependence on corporations that use industrialized farming, distribution and marketing to provide us with food.    

Refugees, turned pioneers, must learn how to be self-sufficient in Northern Canada, with its harsh and long winters. Fortunately, the internet offers many sources from people and communities who have successful experiences they are willing to share their skills for us to learn.

YouTube videos: 

The Pig Idea: use food waste as pig feed rather than crops, say celebrity chefs 


  • Reginaldo Haslett-Marroquin, an innovator in the field of regenerative agriculture, has developed an ingenious blueprint for a system that has the potential to transform the way food is grown around the world
  • Regenerative agriculture needs to be centered around livestock in order to be optimized, and adding chickens is an easy and economically profitable way to do that
  • Poultry is also very accessible to small-scale farmers, who produce most of the food in the world. About 40 percent of the world’s population are small farmers; a majority of them cultivating less than five acres

Full Version of above video: (1:05:20)



Welcome to my Organic Garden! Dr Mercola

Dr. Mercola Interviews Steve Farrar About Mushrooms (Part 1 of 5)

Dr. Mercola interviews Gabe Brown about the gardening practices he applies in his farm in Dakota, such as how he was able to build up the soil quality to grow health plants.

How to grow your own Mushrooms at home.

Permaculture A Quiet Revolution 

Permaculture is a system of agricultural and social design principles centered around simulating or directly utilizing the patterns and features observed in natural ecosystems. The term permaculture (as a systematic method) was first coined by Australians David Holmgren, then a graduate student, and his professor, Bill Mollison, in 1978. The word permaculture originally referred to "permanent agriculture",[1] but was expanded to stand also for "permanent culture", as it was seen that social aspects were integral to a truly sustainable system as inspired by Masanobu Fukuoka’s natural farming philosophy.
It has many branches that include but are not limited to ecological design, ecological engineering, environmental design, construction and integrated water resources management that develops sustainable architecture, regenerative and self-maintained habitat and agricultural systems modeled from natural ecosystems.
Mollison has said: "Permaculture is a philosophy of working with, rather than against nature; of protracted and thoughtful observation rather than protracted and thoughtless labor; and of looking at plants and animals in all their functions, rather than treating any area as a single product system."

Grow Your Own Mushrooms in Used Coffee Grounds

In the video below from Shades of Green, discover how the people who live among the Tongass NF in southeastern Alaska live with and off of the land, the natural resources and each other in this compelling video.

From Fairbanks, Alaska 

A short documentary about a self- sufficient family living on a mini eco farm in Cornwall, UK.

 As series of videos on micro gardening

How to grow Stevia

Sustainable Mini-farming

Saturday, May 16, 2015

12. Proposal for a feasibility study for this pilot pioneer project


Politicians need to be convinced by academics of the feasibility of such a pioneer project as described in this blog.
I have formulated an idea how one can start a pilot pioneer settlement in Canada for refugees.

I argued that Canada can benefit from pioneers much in the same way it has benefited from pioneers in the past. The pioneers today no longer can become self-sufficient by cultivating their land, as the most fertile land are no longer available. Homesteaders can no longer compete in this competitive world by cultivating their plots.  They have to rather exploit their plot for all the possible resources that they find on it. They have to cooperate instead of compete. They can no longer afford to work in family units, as they did in the past, but instead have to work as a community that is made up of carefully chosen people with unique skills of expertise. Modern machinery, friendly neighbors and existing railway lines and roads make homesteading much easier then what it was in the past. The growing tourist industry allows homesteaders a niche market that can be exploited.  

It is not a question of "can it be profitable?" 
but rather "can it be self-sustainable and offer refugees a dignified free life ? that we all deserve"

Refugees make the best pioneers

I continue to believe very strongly that refugees, turned into modern day pioneers to settle and open up Northern Canada for tourists, can offer Canada a lot more than just international prestige. 

Proposal for a study program to explore possible immediate and long term solution to help refugees to find a new dignified and free life.

The sociology departments in universities start programs to find possible ways to immediately help refugees set up a self-sufficient community. A start would be to make a feasibility study of the pilot refugee settlement as proposed in this blog.

3 universities should be funded to work on a cooperative base:

  • A university in Switzerland, close to the Swiss politicians,
  • A university in Canada, close to the Canadian politicians and
  • A university in Canada, close to the proposed location for such pioneer settlement.  
The 3 universities should work in close cooperation. They should make a feasibility study concerning:

  • financing, 
  • legalities
  • administering
Once the feasibility study is completed, it will be submitted to:

  • various philanthropists
  • charity organizations,
  • various governments that would be involved ( ie. Canadian, Swiss, and EU countries).  

Friday, May 8, 2015

11. Scenarios of what can follow the “pilot pioneer project”.


Examples of other locations that need pioneers to build trails, roads, campgrounds, and facilities to open them up to tourists.

Once the pioneers complete the requirements to be Canadian citizens and become proud owners of their settlements, they are no longer pioneers.  It is foreseen that many would like to sponsor their relatives to immigrate to Canada.  This should be encouraged as the main point of this project is to help refugees.  

The road to Thompson, the proposed location of the pilot pioneer project is almost 800km long.  Additional pioneer homesteads can be set up along the road to exploit the lumber along the way and open the road up for tourists.  If a settlement is started at every 20 km, there could be as many as 40 such settlements on that road. With each settlement housing 1000 -2000 settlers, 40,000 – 80,000 refugees can be helped  to start a new life of freedom and opportunity just along this road.  

As situations improve in the countries that the refugees fled from, many no doubt would eventually choose to return.  This would just open up more opportunities for more refugees from other countries as the needs change, and make it that much easier for them.     

There are many remote places in Canada to homestead and support the tourist industry. It is envisioned that more and more tourists in the future will like to witness and experience a bit of Canadian wilderness and history.

Some of the possible locations to do this are taken from the links below: 

Tahsis, British Columbia

The little coastal village of Tahsis is one of the most remote Canadian towns in the country. Located on the west coast of Vancouver Island, the village is around 300km by air from the provincial capital of Victoria. With 300 residents the area is found at the head of the steep and forbidding Tahsis Inlet, part of the spectacular Nooka Sound. The inlet, while making access to Tahsis difficult, is actually a protector of sorts for the town, saving it from the vicious lashings of the Pacific Ocean. With the major income for the town derived from forestry, Tahsis enjoyed a healthy population at its peak of around 2,500. But as the forest industry has declined, so to has the town’s population, it now numbers around 300 residents. Today, the town is trying to reinvent itself as an outdoor recreation adventure destination. About 20km from the closest road, it would be accessible by horse riding or hiking if a path was made from the road. This is an excellent opportunity for pioneering spirited people, and an excellent tourist attraction possibility.  

Telegraph Cove, British Columbia

Telegraph Cove in British Columbia is a former fishing village which now serves as a launch point for eco-tourism in Blackfish Sound. Growing out of a one-room station of the northern tip of the Campbell River telegraph line, Telegraph Cove may be a remote Canadian town with a permanent population of just 20. Despite this the area is a hive of activity, with up to 120,000 visitors descending on the area in the summer. Compact and bordered by rainforest and ocean, the town retains it’s rustic past. About 10km from the closest road, it would be accessible by horse riding or hiking if a path was made from the road. This is an excellent opportunity for pioneering spirited people, and an excellent tourist attraction possibility.  

Kegashka, Quebec

Around 138 make this small Quebec town their home, Kegashka , or Kegaska as they pesky French-speaking Canadians like to spell it, was the site of a Hudson’s Bay Company trading post in 1831.Yet it wasn’t properly settled until 1898. The area attracts outdoor enthusiasts, drawn by the excellent hiking, wildlife watching, iceberg viewing and sea kayaking.

The success of this program might encourage other countries to start similar programs.  
With more possibilities of refugees escaping from harsh psychopath dictators, future dictators might perhaps be less harsh to their citizens, and less citizens will have the need to become refugees.

The flow of refugee---> pioneer-------->Canadian citizen

The refugees come from various troubled countries. They are trained and selected according to skills needed in the pioneer community.   They are then transported to the community where they live in the communal center. They support the community by living and working there. They communally  build private houses called "homesteads" for each other. When they are selected for a homestead, they move out from the communal center. They continue to work for the community as many hours as needed to use products that the community makes. The remaining time, they make trails and clear the land around their homestead and provide trees and stones to the community. 

They improve their lives by starting small businesses and providing services to tourists as well as services to the community. Once they meet the requirements of homesteading, and demonstrate that they are self sufficient, then they become tax paying Canadian citizens free to stay, or go wherever they desire.


Thursday, May 7, 2015

10. Survey for refugees

    There are 6 questions in this survey we would like you to take.
    If interested, please leave your contact data (email address) in the comment field of the last question 6
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