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Tuesday, April 2, 2019
Wednesday, April 3, 2019
Thursday, April 4, 2019

Tuesday, April 2, 2019 

Meet and Greet at the Strathcona Hotel Games Room

 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

Take a walk through Victoria sports history! The Games Room has a magnificent bar and mezzanine dart hall. Join us as we start our Congress right with some great pub fare and your favorite beverages (cash bar) over some networking with new faces and chit chat with old friends.


Tuesday, April 2 2019

Early Career Professional Pub Night – Irish Times Pub

7:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m.

Early Career Professionals are invited to a pub night at the Irish Times Pub in downtown Victoria. Come and network with colleagues from all across the country over food and drinks (cash bar) at one of the most popular spots in Victoria! *location tentative


Wednesday April 3, 2019

President’s Reception at Government House - Lieutenant Governor’s Residence 

6:30 p.m.  - 8:30 p.m. 

Join us for a memorable evening, as we are invited into the British Columbia Lieutenant Governor’s residence. The Honourable Janet Austin will open the evening reception with a few words, followed by networking over light food, drinks, and the sounds of a jazz band. There is an additional cost of $65.00 per person to participate which includes drinks, food and the shuttle to and from the venue. Space is limited.


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Yardi Awards Plated Luncheon

12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m.

Join us and our sponsor, Yardi, as we celebrate the exceptional contributions made by individuals and organizations working in the non-profit, social and affordable housing and homelessness sector across Canada. Connect with colleagues and enjoy a beautiful plated lunch at the Victoria Conference Centre as we acknowledge the 2019 CHRA Recognition Award Recipients. 


Thursday, April 4, 2019

Closing Ceremonies at the Royal BC Museum's First Peoples Gallery

6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.

Join us as we toast another successful Congress in the stunning Peoples Gallery at the Royal BC Museum, steps away from the Victoria Conference Centre. There will be food stations, a cash bar and entertainment as we toast our next Congress being held in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan in 2020.
Ancestral Threads Fashion Show
Presented by the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                           

Vancouver Native Housing Society, Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery, and Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week are excited to announce Ancestral Threads on Thursday April 4th, 2019 during the closing Ceremonies of The CHRA National Congress On Housing And Homelessness.

In partnership with Skwachàys Lodge Hotel and Gallery and the Canadian Housing & Renewal Association, this event will be held in the Royal BC Museum’s First Peoples Gallery and will showcase collections from some of Turtle Island’s top Indigenous fashion designers including; Danielle Morsette, Erin Brillion, Yolonda Skelton and Skwachàys Lodge emerging artist in residence, Ellena Neel and worn by the Models/Performers of First Nations/Métis/Inuit descent who participate in the Skwachàys Lodge Artists in Residence Program.

VIFW (Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week) will cultivate a deeper understanding between

Canada’s Indigenous and non-Indigenous communities, by providing a framework for enhancing cultural appreciation, Indigenizing business, embracing diversity, providing mentorship and fostering a deeper sense of understanding between all Canadian peoples in the spirit of reconciliation and the Transformative power of art. Vancouver Indigenous Fashion Week is the brainchild of Executive Producer and Cree Model Joleen Mitton. Ms. Mitton spent 19 years travelling the world as a professional model. Although she loved the art of the fashion world, she didn’t always agree with the industry’s appropriation and un-acknowledgement of Indigenous symbolism and culture. Olivia Davies (Co-Producer) is the Artistic Director and choreographer of O.Dela Arts, working as a guest on Coast Salish territory since 2011. Her artistic works often explore the emotional and political relationships between people and places. She honours her mixed Anishinaabe roots in her practice. Ms. Davies is the Program Manager of the Artists in Residence Program at Skwachàys Lodge.

The Artists in Residence opportunity at Skwachàys Lodge is a unique and life-changing housing program for practicing Indigenous artists. This includes subsidized housing in clean, unfurnished bachelor suites, 24/7 access to shared artist workshop, and access to programming opportunities for personal and professional development that help artists develop their craft and move into the next phase of their careers. The program boasts a roster of artists across disciplines, many of whom have exhibited and performed work on the international stage.

For more information, please contact:

Producer, Joleen Mitton – 778-223-5989 /

Co-Producer, Olivia Davies – 604-685-1076 /

Available All Week

Discounted Whale Watching for Congress Delegates

CHRA Congress 2019 delegates receive 20% off all Prince of Whales Whale Watching tours offered until April 26.
Use the promo code: CHRA2019 to register.


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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