Day 1 - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15
OPENING KEYNOTE:
An Outlook on Housing Strategy for Ontario
10:00
Morning Refreshment Break
10:30
WORLD CAFÉ:
Understand Sources of Government Funding and Compare them to Opportunities for Alternative Financing
12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:00
CASE STUDY:
Addressing Common Challenges to Rent Collection: Batchewana’s Experience
1:45
Building Elder Housing to Free Up Family Homes, Mitigate the Housing Shortage and Accommodate Changing Demographics
2:30
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:00
Reduce Tenant Damages and Encourage Proper Maintenance to Provide Safe and Lasting Housing to Your Community
3:45
Create Skills Development and Employment Opportunities on Reserve
4:30
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

8:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair
9:15
OPENING KEYNOTE
Making Smart Infrastructure Investments that Create Housing Opportunities for Members
9:45
On-Reserve Revenue Generation for Individuals and Your Community as a Whole
10:30
Morning Refreshment Break
11:00
PANEL:
Leveraging New Communication Tools to Engage Your Members in Housing
12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:00
Establishing an Independent Housing Authority to Improve Governance
1:45
PILOT PROJECT:
Overcoming Homeownership Hurdles at the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation
2:30
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:00
Undergo a Comprehensive Community Planning Process to Develop a Long Term Plan for the Future
3:45
Built to Last: Strategies for Your Community to Build Sustainable, Energy Efficient Housing
4:30
Conference Concludes

Day 1 - Tuesday, November 27, 2018

8:00
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Sara Mainville, LLM
Partner
OKT LLP

9:15
OPENING KEYNOTE:
An Outlook on Housing Strategy for Ontario

RoseAnne Archibald
Ontario Regional Chief
Assembly of First Nations

10:00
Morning Refreshment Break
10:30
WORLD CAFÉ:
Understand Sources of Government Funding and Compare them to Opportunities for Alternative Financing

Charmaine Caldwell
Director of Housing
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

Karen Bomberry
Director of Housing
Six Nations of the Grand River

Tom Laronde
President
Four Winds

The World Café will be a unique opportunity for the audience to come together in an interactive fashion and problem-solve collectively in the face of scarce funding. Everyone in the room will have the opportunity to contribute, as expert discussion leaders tie everything together to ensure the take-aways of the session:

  • Knowing where to look and how to apply for government funding at CMHC, INAC, etc.
  • Explore whether you can put political pressure on the regional government to help
  • Case studies of how communities are getting their funding and their housing built
  • Build on reserve revenue through entrepreneurship
  • Compare options for financing: the private sector (banks, or other lenders), the federal government, provincial revolving loan funds, First Nation Finance Authority, alternative non-governmental programs
  • Implication of implementing FNLMA in terms of financing opportunities for you and your members

12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:00
CASE STUDY:
Addressing Common Challenges to Rent Collection: Batchewana’s Experience

Lisa McCormick
Housing Manager
Batchewana First Nation

  • How Batchewana First Nation went from 50% rent collection to 98%
  • Relying on an effective housing policy with an easily understood rent collection framework
  • Employ a tenant relations officer that communicates, educates and constantly sends reminders
  • Lessons learned throughout the transitional period
  • Framing rent collection as a contribution to infrastructure building for the community

1:45
Building Elder Housing to Free Up Family Homes, Mitigate the Housing Shortage and Accommodate Changing Demographics

Charmaine Caldwell
Director of Housing
Mohawk Council of Akwesasne

  • Go beyond just the family unit home and build accommodations for elders or singles, such as apartments or town houses
  • Leveraging lessons learned from existing elder housing and applying it to plans for new construction
  • Stretching your CMHC allocation as far as possible
  • Retrofitting existing structure

2:30
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:00
Reduce Tenant Damages and Encourage Proper Maintenance to Provide Safe and Lasting Housing to Your Community

Jason Morningstar
President and Owner
MSPECTIONS Inc

  • Delineate the tenant’s and the housing office’s responsibilities when it comes to maintenance
  • Build a team with the training and skills to perform maintenance
  • Examples of different maintenance programs
  • Instill a ‘pride of stewardship’ in residents to avoid damages and encourage proactive maintenance
  • Prioritize certain issues, such as mould

3:45
Create Skills Development and Employment Opportunities on Reserve

Errol Eashappie
President
Aboriginal Skilled Workers Association

  • Utilize grants and government funding to get training dollars for carpenters and other trades to get certifications
  • Develop apprenticeship programs that turn ‘jobs’ into ‘careers’
  • Find out more about new building techniques, and how your community can implement them
  • Develop a team of trained maintenance staff that can address concerns quickly and locally, keeping money in your community
  • Invest in opportunities for knowledge transfer, so that skills are not lost when turnover happens

4:30
Conference Adjourns

Day 2 - Wednesday, November 28, 2018

8:30
Registration Opens and Refreshments are Served
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Chair

Nancy Kleer
Founding Partner
OKT LLP

9:15
OPENING KEYNOTE
Making Smart Infrastructure Investments that Create Housing Opportunities for Members

  • Building hydro dams to reduce supply chain vulnerability and delivery costs, create jobs and income
  • Communicating strategic plans and considering community feedback and priorities
  • Working jointly to create a self-sufficient housing program

9:45
On-Reserve Revenue Generation for Individuals and Your Community as a Whole

Senior Representative
Canadian Council for Aboriginal Business

  • Consider a ‘train the trainer’ scheme to build and then disseminate a source of business knowledge: how to start a business, tools and tips, book keeping, etc
  • Best practices of Business Development Corporations and how they can support your community
  • Examples of successful revenue generation, like grocery stores and construction companies

10:30
Morning Refreshment Break
11:00
PANEL:
Leveraging New Communication Tools to Engage Your Members in Housing

Alejandro Mayoral Baños
Executive Director
Indigenous Friends

  • Tips and tricks for using your Nation’s website as a resource
  • Creating a mobile app that keeps members informed and on track
  • Employment and training opportunities of new technology solutions for the housing program

12:00
Networking Luncheon
1:00
Establishing an Independent Housing Authority to Improve Governance

Jack Shoomin
Housing Manager
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation

Ryan Sakakeep
Head Council
Kitchenuhmaykoosib Inninuwug First Nation

  • Obtaining funding to develop your housing authority
  • Develop an inventory of your community’s assets: property, community buildings, and infrastructure
  • Achieve long-term stability by operating at arm’s length from politics

1:45
PILOT PROJECT:
Overcoming Homeownership Hurdles at the Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

Shane Chegahno
Housing Manager
Chippewas of Nawash Unceded First Nation

  • Identifying and securing project partners, like Habitat for Humanity and CMHC
  • Developing a Rent-to-Own Program that circumvents the 5% down payment hurdle
  • Keeping costs low through volunteer work and including a requisite number of ‘sweat equity’ hours

2:30
Afternoon Refreshment Break
3:00
Undergo a Comprehensive Community Planning Process to Develop a Long Term Plan for the Future

Roy Weitsche
Community Capital Planner
Waskaganish First Nation

  • Get input from the community members through feedback and participation to help understand the communities expectations of their leadership
  • Study where you came from, where you are today and where you are going in the future
  • Create a master plan for the community, which guides every department along their own strategic plan
  • Identify your own community’s weaknesses and which issues should be prioritized moving forwar

3:45
Built to Last: Strategies for Your Community to Build Sustainable, Energy Efficient Housing

Matthew Hickey OAA
Senior Project Architect
Two Row Architect

  • Build a business case to prioritize sustainability despite competing strains on resources
  • Green design decisions that do not involve additional costs
  • Utilize materials that can hold up to Canadian weather patterns — cold winters, hot summers
  • Case studies of successful projects in First Nation communities

4:30
Conference Concludes