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 finance options, construction, infrastructure and asset management for Indigenous communities

March 24 - 25, 2020  ·  Vancouver, British Columbia
Day Two Program Agenda: Wednesday, March 25, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10 - 10:00
Introduction to Capital Planning
Ian Cullis, Director of Asset Management, BC Non-Profit Housing Association
  • Planning Overview
  • What is a Capital Plan
  • Capital Plan Details
  • Process of Capital Planning
  • Capital Planning Tools
10:00 - 10:15        Networking Break

10:15 - 11:15
Positive Revenue Streams and Dealing with Low Employment
  • Unemployment on-reserve
  • The limitations of restitution pay
  • The new frontier of legal Cannabis
  • Solar and wind: novel ways to cut costs and reallocate funds
  • Paths to higher education
11:15 - 12:15
Acquiring External Aid Partnerships
  • Getting your community partnership-ready
  • Identifying your options: organizations new and old
  • Qualifying for external aid
  • Band council resources and responsibilities
  • What programs like Habitat for Humanity offer
12:15 - 1:15       Luncheon

1:15 - 2:15
Assess Homes & Track Repairs Using an Asset Management Strategy
  • Transform to a national Indigenous-lead housing authority
  • Understand the importance of using an asset management strategy
  • Identify new funding initiatives
  • Step-by-step guide to assessing homes and tracking repairs
  • Implement and develop an asset management strategy
2:15 - 3:15
Promoting Private Ownership to Free Up Band Owned Residences
  • Housing shortages on-reserve
  • Limitations of band-owned rental systems
  • The benefits of private ownership
  • How to encourage your members toward private ownership
  • Mortgage policies on-reserve
3:15 - 3:30       Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30
Asset Management as Strategy: Understanding What You Have and What You Need
  • Organizing an effective and progressive council
  • Calculating your needs
  • Understanding your band’s strengths
  • Establishing an action plan
  • Community engagement and taking action
4:30        Closing Remarks from Chair & End of Conference

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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.

As land use and natural resources practitioners, you are on the front line of shaping the future of your community. Embrace this opportunity for sharing and hearing stories from across the region, all unique and reflecting of the local needs. Register today!

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