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Stream 1 - Innovation Forum
Stream 2 - Indigenous Caucus
Stream 3 - Housing Course: 
Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance
Town Hall - Canadian Mortgage and Housing Corporation

National Housing Strategy – One year in.

Date: April 2, 2019
This year's Innovation Forum will provide an opportunity for the sector to come together and collectively assist each other in achieving successes with the National Housing Strategy; and to work towards long term sustainability of the sector. 
Full agenda coming soon!

Indigenous Housing Caucus Day

Date: April 2, 2019

This annual collaborative forum is for anyone with an interest in urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing. Caucus Day is attended by over 150 delegates from across Canada, ranging from social and non-profit Indigenous housing organisations, local homelessness service providers and regional homelessness coordinators, representatives of all orders of government, and private sector actors in academia and business. 

Be part of the conversation. nteractive sessions are geared towards developing priorities and recommendations to advance a national urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing strategy, and Open Space networking to discuss and share challenges, experiences, and knowledge in building sustainable and meaningful long-term solutions for Indigenous housing. Delegates can expect a day of interactive discussion alongside other Indigenous housing stakeholders and service providers in developing communication and policy advice to Canada.


Mayor Lisa Helps, City of Victoria
What is Reconciliation in action? The City of Victoria is committed to reconciliation with Canada’s Indigenous Peoples. To that end the City has embarked on a Witness Reconciliation Program, reflecting the City’s willingness to work in diverse ways through an agile and evolving process to make the culture, history, and modern reality of local Indigenous Peoples present and apparent throughout the city, and valued in residents' everyday lives. 


Dr. Gwendolyn Point
How can we best change the policies and structures that keep Indigenous Peoples on the margins?

As a former Chancellor for the University of the Fraser Valley, Dr. Point has dedicated her career to creating opportunities for students to learn and grow, particularly for Aboriginal students through leading and mentoring those in pursuit of higher education.
She is a well-respected Stó:lō leader, mentor, and cultural advisor. Throughout her career, she has contributed her deep cultural knowledge and experience to numerous publications and has been recognized with several honours, including Honourary Witness by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. She is currently a Patron of the First Nation House at the University of Victoria.


Indigenous Caucus Year in Review
The Indigenous Caucus Working Group reflects on the activities and achievements over the last year and sets the stage for interactive discussions on key issues and initiatives for the coming year. Focus will be placed on preliminary findings from research grant CHRA Indigenous Caucus received to identify issues – such as expiry of operating agreements, waitlists, and housing management – most prevalently affecting urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing service providers.


Open Space Networking 
This session is intended to generate communication and collaboration, bringing delegates together share ideas and develop solutions to the various challenges and emerging issues faced as homelessness and housing services providers for Indigenous Peoples.  Delegates get involved in simultaneous mini-discussions based around a theme or an issue. Using the knowledge and input from a diverse group of people and different ways of approaching a challenge helps bring new energy and commitment to addressing community and housing. 


Looking to get acquainted with CHRA’s Indigenous Caucus? Find out more about what we do throughout the year or read about Caucus Day 2018. You can also subscribe to the Indigenous Quarterly newsletter. 


Stream 3: HOUSING COURSE *SOLD-OUT, Waitlist available*
Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance

The Fundamental of Housing Policy and Governance course is currently sold-out. Email Dominika Krzeminska to be added to the waitlist. 

Fundamentals of Housing Policy and Governance: Past, Present and Future

Date: April 2, 2019

This one-day course is designed as a primer for people that have recently moved into employment in the affordable housing sector and wish to develop a better understanding of the housing system and how it has evolved. It is the legacy of past events and policies that frame many of the challenges today.

This course will examine and discuss the origins and characteristics of social housing programs and the legacy effects these now create. It will review recent housing policy trends and the challenges, and opportunities these have added. Finally, it will discuss the new National Housing Strategy and how to take advantage of emerging opportunities.  
Instructor: Steve Pomeroy, Senior Research Fellow, Centre for Urban Research and Education, Carleton University and Principal, Focus Consulting Inc.

Town Hall
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation

CMHC Chief Executive Officer Evan Siddall  CMHC Board Chair Derek Ballantyne

Date: April 2, 2019

At this town hall discussion, delegates will have a unique opportunity to pose questions and comments directly to the top leadership of the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation. This completely unscripted event will feature CMHC President & CEO Evan Siddall and CMHC Board Chair Derek Ballantyne responding to questions and comments from the floor. Don’t miss this opportunity to share your thoughts directly with key decision makers at CMHC!

This 90-minute session takes place on Tuesday, April 2, 2019 at 3:30 pm (PST) and will be open to all Pre-Congress and Congress delegates.


Thank you to our sponsors



We are grateful to the Songhees and Esquimalt Nations, on whose traditional territory the Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s 2019 Congress will be hosted. 

Translation support for Congress 2019 has been provided by the Government of Canada.

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