"This House Is Not a Home is a fictional novel based on true events following a family in the north who is dispossessed of their traditional homelands by the forces of Canada's colonial housing system. After returning from a hunting trip one fall, they come back to nothing but an empty space where their house once stood. Desperate to find answers, they later learn that their house was torn down by the government housing system. After the family's home is destroyed, they have no other choice but to live in a capitalist society where it becomes nearly impossible for them to continue to live a traditional lifestyle finding it difficult to live within their means. The story centers around Ko, the main character, who grew up entirely on the land before being taken away to residential school. When he returns home, he learns that he has a younger brother, Woods, but they are unable to form a brotherly bond for the time that was missed. Ko reconnects with his mother but finds it difficult because of the language barrier. Ko wants to ask questions about the disappearance of his father but is afraid to know the truth. When Ko reunites with his friend Ts'i, who he met in residential school, they fall in love and start a family. Ko tries to pass his traditional knowledge onto his children but the pressures of everyday life get in the way. Ko is in a constant battle with the town up the hill from him that closes in on his life on the peninsula. It's there that he spends his entire life struggling to get back what he lost all the while trying to remain steadfast remembering the inherent value systems his father taught him. His family becomes divided nearly overnight starting with his mother when housing pushes her into an old folks home. Ko's partner, T'si, develops a gambling addiction, his son Kwe gets into trouble with the law and his daughter Dehse goes off to college down south to study modern medicine, leaving Ko to worry that she will leave behind the ancient healing practices her grandmother taught her. When Ko gets a job working in a gold mine that plunders his homelands going against everything he believes in he is conflicted but it is the only way he can afford to live. When he finds out that the contaminants from the mine are making him sick along with the plants and animals, his dream of one day building a home in the bush for he and his family to live in becomes out of reach. Through the constant upheavals, will Ko and his family one day return to a life lived out on the land or will their lives be forever changed by housings' assimilative regime?" -- Provided by Publisher.