Since the days when only Natives inhabited our vast land, Canadians have been adapting to their local environment, using locally available materials to construct dwellings and build communities. Today, Canada is recognized as a world leader in the housing.
Canada Post will issue a pane of nine domestic-rate Housing stamps this September. Each stamp focuses on one of Canada's celebrated housing structures, with images that evoke the social, environmental, cultural and technological contexts in which these homes were built.
Canada's Native peoples adapted their housing to the local climate. The Algonquians built wigwams of branches and bark coverings. The Iroquois constructed longhouses - also made of poles and bark - which housed five to ten related families. The Inuit built three types of structures: wooden dwellings in the Mackenzie Delta; stone, sod and whale bone dwellings in the Eastern and High Arctic where wood was scarce; and igloos when temporary winter homes were needed. Along the Pacific, Northwest Coast Indians built large plank houses for extended families of 20 to 30 members.
On the occasion of the Heritage Canada Foundation's 25th anniversary, Canada Post salutes its valuable efforts and recognizes, too, the more than 50 years of service which the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC) has provided to Canadian dwellers across the country.