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 - 10:00
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
10:00 - 10:15       Networking Break

10:15 - 11:15
Improving Rent Collections
Bryan Decontie, First Nation Policy Analyst, DNH

Rent collection is the most challenging management task of on-reserve housing stock. Generally, administrators will justify a lack of rent collection to political involvement. Although this bears some form of truth, we would be mistaken to take this assessment at face value. Identifying key factors in a subpar rent collection is an essential part of addressing the issues short term and building social acceptability long term.

  • Setting realistic rental collection objectives
  • The major causes of rental default
  • Remedial of the sub-par rental collection
11:15 - 12:15
Chair, Chief Dan George, BC First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council
  • Mandates from all the Chiefs
  • Engagement with all communities
  • Agreements with the federal Minister
  • Continued engagement with ISK
  • Website updates so everyone can follow us on what we are doing
12:15 - 1:15       Luncheon

1:15 - 2:15
Communities Building Sustainable and Energy Efficient Homes
Paul Girard, President, Polar Maxima Inc.
  • How to exceed building standards while keeping the costs low
  • Protecting residents with environmentally friendly homes
  • The key to long term savings and minimizing fossil fuel use
  • Building green while keeping up with functionality and durability
  • A housing strategy to empower indigenous communities
2:15 - 3:15
Successful Collaborations in a Modern Treaty World
Paula Stewart, Manager, Indigenous Housing, Tla'amin Nation
Denise Smith, Lands Manager & Legislator, Tla'amin Nation
  • Housing shortages on and off reserve
  • Limitations of band-owned rental systems
  • Land and Homes before Treaty
  • How to encourage your members toward private ownership
  • The benefits of private ownership
  • Importance of a Land code in the absence of ownership
3:15 - 3:30       Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30
Social Housing in Nunavik: Wellness - A better and Safer Living Environment
Josee Lavesque, Independent Advisor, Indigenous Affairs

4:30        Closing Remarks from Chair & End of Day One

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