CHRA has written the Minister responsible for the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation, and the Minister of Indiginous and Northern Affairs, with 2 sets of documents related to the release of the National Housing Strategy this fall. The first document contains recommendations related to the housing-related programs and announcements contained in the 2017 federal Budget unveiled in March. Although many of the programs announced in the 2017 Budget closely align with CHRA’s own recommendations in our October 2016 National Housing Strategy submission, there remain many outstanding questions and details to address. The intent of this document is 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 early May, 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.
In the months leading up to the announcement of a National Housing Strategy, CHRA will be communicating the ideas in these documents to politicians, government officials, and other key partners. However, we can’t do it alone. We’re asking all CHRA members to take a moment and communicate your support for these ideas with your Members of Parliament. To help, we’ve provided several tweets below which can be easily sent. We’d also encourage you to download copies of the report, and provide them to your Member of Parliament over the summer, or send them a letter or email expressing your support for these ideas. To find your Member of Parliament and their contact information using your postal code, use the following website: http://www.ourcommons.ca/Parliamentarians/en/members. Let’s make sure our Members of Parliament know that social and affordable housing, and an Indigenous housing strategy, need to be cornerstones of a National Housing Strategy!