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.

November 5 - 6, 2019  ·  Gatineau, Quebec
Day One Program Agenda: Tuesday, November 5, 2019
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10 - 10:10
The Nawash First Nation Pilot Project - Capacity and Affordability
Shane Chegahno, Housing Manager, Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
  • Ground-breaking initiatives in First Nation housing
  • National pilot project for housing, partnered with CMHC
  • Working with Habitat for Humanity
  • Successful completion of four units, family type development
  • Working with the University of Waterloo to design units
  • Rent-to-own program to encourage ownership
10:10 - 10:30       Networking Break

10:30 - 11:30
Housing Policy Differences in Different Communities
  • Allocating Band-Owned Houses
  • First Come, First Serve explained
  • Lottery Systems
  • Points Systems that really work
  • Rental agreements
11:30 - 12:30
Front Line Lessons to Share from Timiskaming First Nation
Darlene Chevrier, Director of Housing, Timiskaming First Nation

12:30 - 1:30       Luncheon

1:30 - 2:30
CMHC’s Strategy for Indigenous Housing Solutions
Terri Gibbons Regional Manager, Ontario, Indigenous & Northern Housing Solutions, Office of the SVP, Client Solutions
  • Origins of the issue
  • Current state of affairs
  • Strategies for promoting further growth
  • Construction financing options
  • The next generation, solutions from indigenous youth
2:30 - 3:30
Habitat for Humanity Presentation

3:30 - 3:45       Networking Break

3:45 - 4:45
The Pulse Home Team - an Indigenous Housing Solution
Mario Lapointe, Director of Capital and Housing, Eel Ground First Nation NB

4:45        Closing Remarks from Chair & 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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