Every topic and presentation was interesting and informative. - Housing Maintenance Coordinator
Cree Nation of Mistissini
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Indigenous Housing Solutions

The most up-to-date solutions for On-Reserve housing from finance options, to infrastructure, to asset management.

June 4 - 5, 2019  ·  Gatineau, Quebec
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, June 4, 2019
8:30 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:15
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15 - 10:15
Housing Policy Differences in Different Communities
  • Allocating Band-Owned Houses
  • First Come, First Serve explained
  • Lottery Systems
  • Points Systems that really work
  • Rental agreements
10:15 - 10:30       Refreshments and Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30
Finance Options, internal, governmental, external
  • INAC funding options
  • Loans and Banking options
  • Improving your community’s chances at higher funding
  • Governmental programs, the options available soon
  • Circumventing governing bodies; external aid
11:30 - 12:30
On Reserve land and building codes
  • Evaluating your community’s needs
  • Understanding the National Building Code
  • Preparing for external inspections
  • Responsibilities of the Band’s council
  • Educating your citizens on their responsibilities
12:30 - 1:30       Luncheon

1:30 - 2:30
Navigating differences between band-owned, rental, and privately owned housing
  • Establishing your lease agreements
  • Encouraging private ownership
  • Writing strong rental policy
  • Handling disputes, non-payments, and complaints
  • Finding the best housing managers
2:30 - 3:30
Balancing over-population and housing shortages
  • Origins of the issue
  • Current state of affairs
  • Strategies for promoting further growth
  • Construction financing options
  • The next generation, solutions from indigenous youth
3:30 - 3:45       Refreshments and Networking Break

3:45 - 4:45
Environmental Risk: Health Canada’s Mold Prevention Program
  • Health and Safety standards
  • Environmental assessment protocols
  • Band councils’ duty to enforce health policy
  • Updating sewage and hydro systems
  • Long term effects and the inherent health risks
4:45        End of Day One

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Land use planning decisions have a long lasting impact on your community. Determining the most appropriate use of land and water in your region while being mindful of promoting sound infrastructure planning, environmental protections, economic development and community safety requires a proactive approach. You must stay abreast of the latest best practices, identify the required skills to nurture at your organization, and understand how to plan according to the best interests of your community.

INFONEX's Indigenous Community Land Use and Environment Planning will provide you with indigenous-led expertise, story sharing, and practical guidance to developing your land use plan, considerations for legal and regulatory oversight, and tool-kits for balancing demands between economic development and conservation. Included will be other land use concerns such as cultural management, contamination research sampling, water issues, and models for working with developers that protect your interests.

Learn from Chiefs and Indigenous Land Use Practitioners first hand as they incorporate the wisdom of the Elders in their land use plans, develop their natural resource laws inspired by traditional knowledge, protect the resources in their territories, build in-house capacity for environmental science, indigenous environmental law and economic development knowledge. Also, hear from land use consultants and lawyers as they address the challenges and opportunities they are seeing from their clients’ experiences.

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