CHRA wrote to the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Minister of Indigenous and Northern Affairs, with two sets of documents related to the release of the National Housing Strategy this fall. The first includes recommendations on housing-related programs and announcements contained in the 2017 federal Budget. Although many programs announced in the 2017 Budget closely align with CHRA’s own recommendations found in our October 2016 National Housing Strategy submission, there remain many outstanding questions and details to address. This document intends to provide the federal government with recommendations on how to implement these programs.
The second document is intended to serve as a policy framework for a distinct urban and rural Indigenous housing strategy. This document was produced with the input of the Indigenous Caucus during its meeting in Halifax in May 2017, and with the oversight of the CHRA Indigenous Caucus Working Group. It is CHRA’s position that there cannot be a National Housing Strategy without an Indigenous Housing Strategy; this document contains objectives and specific ideas that CHRA believes should form the basis for that Indigenous Housing Strategy.