On-reserve housing reform: Engagement 2017-2018
Current status: Open
This engagement began on July 24, 2017.
The Government of Canada is partnering with First Nations in a renewed, respectful and inclusive process, to make progress on issues most important to First Nation communities.
As part of its commitment to improve its on-reserve infrastructure programs, Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), now Indigenous Services Canada (ISC), is engaging with First Nations and stakeholders to develop an effective long-term approach to support sustainability for all infrastructure on reserve, with a focus on co-developing a distinctions-based housing and infrastructure strategy with First Nations partners.
The Government of Canada, in collaboration with First Nations representative organizations, is engaging with:
- national and regional First Nation representative organizations
- First Nation technical groups
- First Nation communities and interested parties
Community infrastructure is the physical foundation of a community. ISC works with First Nations leaders, experts and communities to support affordable, adequate and sustainable housing, clean drinking water and community infrastructure such as schools, roads, and wastewater systems. These are all essential to healthy, safe and prosperous communities.
First Nations individuals living on reserve are more likely to experience poor housing conditions and overcrowding than the general population. With support from the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation and its federal partners, ISC will continue working in partnership with First Nations to develop a distinct housing and infrastructure strategy and to reform housing and infrastructure programs to increase First Nations care, control and management.
To find out more:
How to participate
There are three ways to provide input to this engagement:
- Attend a national or regional meeting (by invitation only) led by First Nations representative organizations, First Nations technical groups and First Nations communities.
- Send comments or submit opinion papers by e-mail to Infrastructure@aadnc-aandc.gc.ca.
- Send comments or submit opinion papers by mail to the address in the contact us section below.
All input provided will be considered in the reform of housing and infrastructure programs.
When and where
|July 24 to 27, 2017||Edmonton, Alberta||Blackfoot Confederacy|
|September 27, 2017||Winnipeg, Manitoba||Southern Chiefs Organization|
|September 28 to 29, 2017||Saskatoon, Saskatchewan||Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations|
|November 8 to 9, 2017||Whitehorse, Yukon||Council of Yukon First Nations|
|November 30, 2017||Trois-Rivières, Quebec||L'Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador|
|February 21, 2018||Dartmouth, Nova Scotia||Atlantic Policy Congress|
|March 9, 2018||Ottawa, Ontario||Native Women's Association of Canada|
|March 20 to 21, 2018||Ottawa, Ontario||Roundtable discussion on On-Reserve Housing with First Nations housing experts|
|March 29, 2018||Miramichi, New Brunswick||Mi'gmawe'l Tplu'taqnn Inc|
|April 10 to 11, 2018||Thompson, Manitoba||Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak|
What we heard
During the 2017-2018 On-reserve housing and infrastructure reform meetings, ISC, the Assembly of First Nations Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure, and First Nations leaders and technicians discussed program reform and a long-term vision for increased First Nations care control and management of housing and infrastructure. Summaries of these meetings are available online:
- Blackfoot Confederacy
- Southern Chiefs Organization
- Federation of Sovereign Indigenous Nations
- Council of Yukon First Nations
- L'Assemblée des Premières Nations Québec-Labrador
- Atlantic Policy Congress
- Native Women's Association of Canada
- Roundtable discussion on On-Reserve Housing with First Nations housing experts
- Manitoba Keewatinowi Okimakanak
Community Infrastructure Branch
Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada
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