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 One Program Agenda: Tuesday, March 24, 2020
8:00 - 9:00        Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:00 - 9:10
Welcome and Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:10 - 10:00
Chief Dan George, Chief Counsellor, First Nation Housing & 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
10:00 - 10:15       Networking Break

10:15 - 11:15
Off/Reserve Housing: An AHMA Perspective
Cliff Grant, Indigenous Strategic Initiatives, Aboriginal Housing Management Association
  • State of Housing Stock
  • Impact of Fed vs Provincial Jurisdiction
  • Governance (non-profit vs Chief and Council)
  • Funding Sources
  • Infrastructure Settings (Municipal vs Reserve)
11:15 - 12:15
Navigating Differences Between Band-Owned, Rental, and Privately Owned Housing
Rob Hill, Director, Indigenous Asset Management, BC Housing
  • Establishing your lease agreements
  • Encouraging private ownership
  • Writing strong rental policy
  • Handling disputes, non-payments, and complaints
  • Finding the best housing managers
12:15 - 1:15       Luncheon

1:15 - 2:15
Bridging the Funding Gap between On- and Off-Reserve Housing
  • 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
2:15 - 3:15
Asset Management for the Indigenous Housing Portfolio
  • 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
3:15 - 3:30       Networking Break

3:30 - 4:30
Taking the Housing Management out of the Community
  • Overcoming physical strain on built infrastructure and inappropriateness of design leading to social stress
  • Understand the need for a complete reconceptualization to improve community health
  • Move beyond token changes
  • Implement a narrative shift from meeting federal requirements to meeting local needs
  • Understand the need for a change in housing processes in order to change outcomes
  • Moving away from reporting and program management problems
  • Develop a network of community assets, culturally relevant and a critical solution to local needs
  • Hear why local values, traditions and ways of knowing are critical elements to housing
  • Reimagine and rethink housing in a community-led process
  • Hear discussions of issues and solutions driven by community members
  • Explore preferences that are focused both inside the home and at the community level
4:30        Closing Remarks from Chair & End of Day One

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