Agenda

Day One : Tuesday, March 24, 2020

08:00

60 min

Registration and Continental Breakfast

09:00

10 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

09:10

50 min
Bill Dingwall

Building on an Already Strong Relationship

Chief Dan George, Chief Counsellor, First Nation Housing & Infrastructure Council

Bill Dingwall, Mayor, City of Pitt Meadows

  • 2-3 times a year Council to Council meetings to work through initiatives, concerns
  • policing/public safety – potential service agreement like we have currently with water, sewer and fire
  • park signage at two main locations – both languages along with meeting rooms at city hall
  • incorporating KFN into PM Museum artifacts, history
  • social media public support
  • exploration around bylaws, building inspections
  • development process and staff reports – includes portion for impact on KFN
  • working together towards secondary access to KFN
  • PM secured $420k in grants on flood mitigation analysis to include KFN
  • collaboration on large new developments with respect to discovery of remains/artifacts and proper handling

10:00

15 min

Networking Break

12:15

60 min

Luncheon

13:15

60 min

Bridging the Funding Gap between On- and Off-Reserve Housing

Garett Strawberry, Indigenous Housing Manager, Homeward Trust Edmonton

  • Developing a strategy to access to safe, secure, quality, culturally appropriate and affordable housing
  • Practical tools needed to access housing that meets specific needs
  • Hear the latest policy recommendations for the design, delivery and allocation of the Off-Reserve Indigenous Housing Trust Fund
  • Step-by-step guide to bridge the gap
  • How to develop a housing strategy that is designed, owned and administered by and for Indigenous people living off-reserve in urban and rural communities across Ontario
  • Hear the top recommendations that have been proven effective
  • Hear the latest developments in investing sufficient, consistent and ongoing funds in affordable off-reserve Indigenous housing
  • Understand the need for operational funding and funding for maintenance and repairs to sustain existing and future housing stock

14:15

60 min

Asset Management for the Indigenous Housing Portfolio

Marc Boychuk, Metis Housing Tenant Relations Officer, Alberta Health Advisory, Métis Urban Housing Corporation, Alberta Health Services

  • learn the skills needed to take care of a home
  • Practical tools needed to track repair work and budget for maintenance 
  • How to reduce your hydro bill 
  • Implement a capacity building strategy 
  • Practical guide to conducting energy audits
  • Understand the importance of procurement, hiring contractors and capital planning
  • Implementing condition assessments
  • Understand the consequences of not maintaining your assets
  • Learn why you need an asset management portfolio

15:15

15 min

Networking Break

15:30

60 min

100% Financed Row Rowing from Shelter Rate Rental Revenues

Colin Doylend, Director, Corporate Affairs, NEXII Building Solutions Inc.

  • Concept was driven by the need of the Yale First Nation where they did not have enough funds left over at that time to build a new home for a working single mom and her child who were fleeing violence
  • The community needed to find a home for them quickly, so we came together and developed a tiny row house model that can be built and 100% financed, without the dependency for any government grants
  • Our tiny row housing concept takes advantage of the monthly shelter rate allowance provided by the government and is consolidated to secure enough financing to purchase and install the row homes
  • The design consists of either a studio triplex or two-bedroom duplex residences. We focussed on developing a single storey complex that is fast, scalable, stylish, cost-effective and allows for relatively simple installation and removal
  • Each layout at a minimum is able to generate over $1,000 a month in rental income.
  • As such, the Bank of Montreal is committed to providing a preliminary term sheet for any First Nation community stating they are willing to provide financing using this rental model
  • Concept was endorsed by the BC Non-profit Housing Association, during the annual Housing Central Conference, where our partnership received the grand prize from the Reframe Housing Contest for Innovations in Housing
  • Each row home may also feature 13.3 kW of solar panels on the roof, set-up under a grid-tie net-metered program, and financed separately by BMO to ensure each home is truly NetZero

16:30

End of Day One

Day Two : Wednesday, March 25, 2020

08:00

60 min

Registration and Continental Breakfast

09:00

10 min

Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair

10:00

15 min

Networking Break

11:15

60 min

Communities Building Sustainable Family Homes for Future Generations

Marta Keller, Vice President, Polar Maxima Inc.

  • An empowered community approach to increasing housing stock
  • How to exceed building standards while keeping costs low
  • Protecting residents with environmentally friendly features
  • The key to long term savings and minimizing fossil fuel use
  • Building green while keeping up with functionality

12:15

60 min

Luncheon

13:15

60 min

Community-Based Housing Supports in the North

Natasha Rumsey, Manager, Housing and Community Outreach Services, Government of Yukon

  • Intro: The Housing and Community Outreach Services Unit provides outreach and case management housing supports to individuals experiencing episodic and chronic homelessness in Whitehorse, Yukon
  • How the program works: We provide supports directly in the community, which include; outreach,  outreach nursing, the administration of income assistance, and intensive case management
  • Why it works: Low barrier approaches to services for highly marginalized individuals, harm reduction, wrap-around supports including nursing, ability to provide rental supplements through income assistance, informal relationships with private market landlords to secure housing
  • Successes: Almost 100 housing permanent housing placements in the community, recognisable shift in approach to services for marginalized populations within the department, opportunities for community collaboration and new community housing initiative: Housing First building which is a partnership between Yukon Housing and the Housing and Community Outreach Services unit. Low barrier shelter services, tiny home community
  • Challenges: working in a small community with limited housing stock, high cost of rental markets, understanding the needs of service users and being able to appropriately match them to housing in the private market, stigma, etc.

14:15

60 min

Indigenous Supportive Housing Programming

Luke Johns, Client Services & Building Coordinator, Ontario Aboriginal Housing Services

  • Benefits of Culture Land & Language
    • life-sustaining resources Culture permeates all aspects of life and is essential to the overall well-being of Indigenous communities
  • Housing Low Risk, High Risk to Chronic Homeless – (Aboriginal Men’s residence Case Study)
  • Building and maintain an Indigenous community (circle of care)
  • Low to intensive Case management, bridging gaps and providing resources (long term)
  • Housing models- taking away barriers, longer term financial supports (case study)

15:15

15 min

Networking Break

15:30

60 min
Dena Kae Beno

We Can Go Much Further Together: Mobilizing a Relationship-Based, Community Support Approach Across Systems and Sectors for Vulnerable Individuals and Families

Dena Kae Beno, Housing and Homelessness Coordinator, Innovation, Strategic Initiatives and Inter-Governmental Relations Department, City of Abbotsford

  • Mobilizing community-based action research and design of local responses to vulnerability
  • Integrating a cross-systems approach to identify housing, health, and community integration community infrastructure needs
  • Ensuring that wrap-around support is person-centered, trauma-informed, and delivered respectfully
  • Fostering a Shared Standards of Practice through community collaboration, relationships, and shared outcomes
  • Shifting from individual agency input/output to shared, person-centered and community-level outcomes

16:30

End of Day Two