CHRA’s Indigenous Housing Advisory Caucus was established in 2013 in recognition of the large number of Indigenous led and Indigenous serving organizations who are CHRA members and wanted to work together for better housing for Indigenous Peoples across the country. Indigenous housing and homelessness service providers across the country face a number of challenges to which they are responding with resourcefulness, good management and innovation. The Indigenous Housing Caucus is tackling these challenges collectively, providing policy advice to CHRA, and working on solutions.
CHRA’s Indigenous Caucus Day is the premier annual event for the Caucus. After an initial launch at the CHRA Congress in 2013, the popularity of the Indigenous Caucus has really taken off with almost 70 delegates attending Caucus Day 2014 in Edmonton and over 120 delegates at Caucus Day 2017 in Halifax.
The full-day sessions are remarkable for their blend of information sharing, inspiration, and Indigenous examples of highly effective management and retention of existing housing stock, innovations in affordable home ownership and successes in leveraging real estate assets to create new housing and business enterprises.
CHRA’s Indigenous Housing Caucus Day 2017 was held on May 2nd, in Halifax, in conjunction with the annual CHRA National Congress (May 2-4, 2017). The event was a great success and gathered over 120 delegates to share ideas, discuss innovation in the housing sector, and find new opportunities for growth.
Caucus Day is attended by delegates from across Canada who have an excellent track record, skills and know-how and a strong drive to create more and better housing solutions. Their portfolio represents $3.2 billion in mainly urban real estate, both land and housing assets. A majority of delegates are from urban and regional non-profit Indigenous Housing corporations, and the remainder range from local homelessness service providers and regional homelessness coordinators, to representatives of all orders of government, Indigenous women, First Nations, and private sector delegates.
CHRA’s annual Indigenous Housing Caucus Day is a new and exciting opportunity for everyone with an interest in Indigenous Housing. Whether you are a CHRA member, someone working in the field or with lived experience, a provincial, municipal or federal department or agency with an interest in Indigenous people and housing, a corporation with a commitment to social responsibility and business development, or a supporter from the non-profit housing and social enterprise fields, Caucus Day is the place for you to learn, network, explore partnerships and opportunities and be part of the national conversation.
Attendance at Indigenous Caucus Day continues to provide benefits throughout the year in terms of Communiqués and Updates from Indigenous Caucus Chair, Robert Byers. You will receive summaries of Caucus Day, information on upcoming events, as well as CHRA Webinars on leading edge Indigenous housing and social enterprise practice.