Becoming builders of collective autonomy
Carrier : 7 à Nous Collective
2003 - 2004
First citizen flag planted on CN grounds; ;
2005 - 2006
CN grounds are sold to Vincent Chiara, owner of Mach Group, for one dollar; Victorious popular struggle against the fairgrounds and the Montreal Casino projects;
2007 - 2008
2009 - 2011
Creation of the 7 à nous collective;
Actions, negotiations and pressures aiming for the handover of the Building 7;
Signature of a development agreement between Mach and 7 à nous, with $ 1M for basic renovations;
2013 - 2016
Negociations, project development and lots and lots of resilience ...
April 28th, 2017
Signature of the official handover. B7 is finally ours!
2018 : Official opening [ [date to come!]]
The conversion of Building 7 will be carried out in phases. Each phase will represent one of the mission's many axes of deployment. Collaborative Practices and Local Services, Family and Health, Food Security and Urban Agriculture, Contemporary Art – these are the parts of an exciting sum created by and for the surrounding community.
Who are we?
Learn more about Building 7 projects
Acquiring essential services and common tools. Opening and sharing spaces, based on our needs. Becoming builders of collective autonomy.
Satisfying basic needs is the bedrock of the Building 7 project.
In this virtually service-free area of Pointe St. Charles, Building 7 banks on providing basic consumer producs, the means of production and spaces for social interaction. As the only place in the area in which to simultaneously find carrots, lunch, community references, beer and some plain, healthy hustle and bustle, Building 7 finds its legitimacy in the heart of scarcity. It will provide the surrounding population with an authentic and bustling environment, an intergenerational crossroads, at all hours of the day.
As the project openly seeks to transcend socio-economic disparities, it constitutes a solid foundation for the dignity of an entire community, the only possible path towards a complete neighbourhood.
Health and Family Hub
Life and the caring for life, from its very beginning, as the foundation of all communities; The intermingling of generations as a motor for collective action; The reappropriation of our well-being, at all levels ... for one and all.
The Health & Family Hub highlights Building 7’s mission to offer local services, satisfy basic needs and contribute to a lively community environment. The hub is strongly geared towards the empowerment of women and families. It will serve as a space in which to cultivate the art of well-being, on all levels.
Providing collective equipment and knowledge in order to greatly increase food autonomy in the area. To become a trend-setting project for the benefit of all communities. Basically, to feed the people of the Point today while cultivating the city of tomorrow.
Since the area surrounding Building 7 is a chronic food desert, the creation of a collective infrastructure that seeks to improve Point St. Charles’ food autonomy seems obvious.This is why 7 à nous is specifically setting aside 21,251 ft2 of the building (Part C) to establish a food hub to meet the needs of the community, by providing collective equipments and spaces for the production, distribution, processing and management of output.
A committee is currently working on the food hub’s design, led by five organizations that are local driving forces in food security: the 7 à nous collective, Le Détour grocery store, Action-Watchdog community table, the Club populaire des consommateurs and Share the Warmth. The hub aims to become a credible demonstration of community-based food sovereignty – a vital and significant project for Montreal.