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 northern, rural, and urban First Nations, Métis, and Inuit Peoples. 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 the CHRA, and working on solutions.
CHRA’s Indigenous Caucus Day is the premier event for CHRA’s annual Congress. After an initial launch at the CHRA Congress in 2013, participation at Indigenous Caucus Day has grown increasingly each year, from almost 70 delegates attending Edmonton in 2014, to over 130 delegates in Halifax in 2017.
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.
Caucus Day is attended by delegates from across Canada ranging from urban and regional non-profit Indigenous Housing corporations, local homelessness service providers and regional homelessness coordinators, representatives of all orders of government, and private sector actors in academia and business, all of whom have the track record, know-how, and drive to create better housing solutions.
To download a copy of past Indigenous Caucus Day summary reports, select the following:
CHRA is celebrating its 50th National Congress on Housing and Homelessness in 2018 in Ottawa from April 24-27.
Indigenous Caucus Day will be taking place on April 24th, 2018. This annual forum is an exciting opportunity for anyone with an interest in Indigenous Housing to learn, network, explore partnerships and opportunities, and be part of the national housing conversation. You do not have to be a CHRA member to participate; however, members can take advantage of significant discounts. Membership information can be found here.
Registration for Indigenous Caucus Day and Congress 2018 will open in January 2018.
Sponsors are always welcome to contribute and attend! The Sponsor Prospectus will be available in January 2018, in the meantime, please contact email@example.com
The Indigenous Caucus is an invaluable resource which helps inform and support broader CHRA advocacy and research with respect to Indigenous housing issues.
Indigenous Housing Strategy
In June 2017, the CHRA used the input gathered at Indigenous Caucus Day to develop a series of recommendations for a distinct urban and rural Indigenous Housing Strategy. It is the CHRA’s position that there cannot be a National Housing Strategy without an Indigenous Housing Strategy. The CHRA’s recommendations are intended to serve as a policy framework and contain objectives and specific measures that should form the basis of that Strategy.
The CHRA and representatives of the Indigenous Caucus have communicated the contents of this document to politicians and senior government officials. The forthcoming National Housing Strategy is expected to be released later this fall, although senior officials have advised the CHRA that more time is needed to conduct proper consultations, particularly with representatives of First Nations, Métis, and Inuit organizations, before launching an Indigenous-specific Strategy.
Legislated Right to Housing
In October 2017, the CHRA, along with the United Nations Special Rapporteur on the Right to Housing and other leading anti-poverty advocates, held a joint press conference on Parliament Hill to call on the Federal Government to adopt a rights-based approach in its forthcoming National Housing Strategy and Poverty Reduction Strategies.
Stéphan Corriveau, Board President of CHRA, stated “A legislative guarantee of a National Housing Strategy and an Indigenous Housing Strategy referencing Canada’s human rights obligations would be one tool to ensure ongoing, continuous funding for housing for Canada’s most vulnerable populations”.
Broader CHRA research can be found under the CHRA’s What we do / Research & Papers section. The following research projects, initiatives and reports related to Indigenous housing and intersecting issues were undertaken in 2017:
For further information or inquiries about the Indigenous Caucus and the work being undertaken by the CHRA on northern, rural and urban Indigenous housing, contact Stéfanie-Madeline (SM) Leduc, Manager of Policy and Research at: firstname.lastname@example.org