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Day 1 - Wednesday, November 30, 2022

7:45
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45
Traditional welcome
9:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
9:15
KEYNOTE
9:45

Chiefs Panel

Priorities for Community Housing
10:15
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
10:30
Homelessness in Urban Settings: Concrete Actions to Address Housing Shortages
11:30
Developing Your Community Emergency Preparedness Plan
12:15
Networking Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers
1:30
Conflict Resolution Techniques for the Housing Management Team
2:15
Deep Dive in Building Code Compliance for First Nation Communities
3:15
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
3:30
Building a Basic Home Maintenance Guide for Tenants
4:15
Closing Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
End of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday, December 1, 2022

8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
9:35
Morning Networking Session
10:15
Funding Water and WW Infrastructure through partnerships and collaboration
11:00
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
11:15
Collecting Rental Arrears: How to Structure Collection Programs to Improve Participation and Re-Invest in Community
12:00
Networking Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers
1:00

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Combating Gender-Based Violence: Funding for Shelters and Transitional Housing
2:00
Insights into The Canadian Housing Statistics Program
3:00
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
3:15
Urban Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy
3:45
Closing Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
End of Conference

Day 1 - Wednesday, November 30, 2022

7:45
Registration and Continental Breakfast
8:45
Traditional welcome

Cat Criger
Elder
University of Toronto

9:00
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs

John Kim Bell
Business Advisor
Michipicoten First Nations

Melvin Hardy
Northern Superior Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief (NSDGCC)
Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek

9:15
KEYNOTE

Vance Badawey
Parliamentary Secretary to the Minister of Indigenous Services
Member of Parliament

9:45

Chiefs Panel

Priorities for Community Housing

R. Donald Maracle
Chief
Mohawks of the Bay of Quinte

Melvin Hardy
Northern Superior Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief (NSDGCC)
Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek

10:15
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
10:30
Homelessness in Urban Settings: Concrete Actions to Address Housing Shortages

Antonella (Toni) Morra
Head Housing Counsellor
Aboriginal Housing Support Centre/ Wigwamen Incorporated

Brenda Aviles
General Manager
Aboriginal Housing Support Center

Indigenous people living off reserve are experiencing homelessness at alarming rates. During this session, delegates will examine real-world initiatives to reduce poverty and homelessness for Indigenous people in urban settings.

  • Community intervention program where the person feels welcome
  • Re-Socializing with family and the community
  • Developing programs for people to be reintegrated in the community – education, culture programs, employment strategies
    • Overcoming barriers of homelessness in an urban setting
    • Itemizing the criteria which lead to successful repatriation to a nation
    • What does successful reintegration into a community look like and how can it be repeated

11:30
Developing Your Community Emergency Preparedness Plan

Daphne Farrell
Emergency Management Specialist
EM Canada
Director of Communities

Ontario Association of Emergency Managers

Barbara Miller
Founder
First Nations Emergency Management

12:15
Networking Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers
1:30
Conflict Resolution Techniques for the Housing Management Team

Caryma Sa’d
Lawyer
Law Office of Caryma Sa'd

2:15
Deep Dive in Building Code Compliance for First Nation Communities

Matt Farrell
President
Alliance of Canadian Building Officials' Associations
Chief Building Official

Township of Huron-Kinloss

In this session, our speaker will detail what First Nations Communities must consider and enforce to ensure the construction of buildings conform to building codes.

3:15
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
3:30
Building a Basic Home Maintenance Guide for Tenants

Melvin Hardy
Northern Superior Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief (NSDGCC)
Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek

In this session, learn the main responsibilities of a tenant regarding basic home maintenance fix problems before they become major, expensive issues to repair.

4:15
Closing Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
End of Day One

Day 2 - Thursday, December 1, 2022

8:30
Registration and Continental Breakfast
9:30
Opening Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs

John Kim Bell
Business Advisor
Michipicoten First Nations

Melvin Hardy
Northern Superior Regional Deputy Grand Council Chief (NSDGCC)
Biinjitiwaabik Zaaging Anishinaabek

9:35
Morning Networking Session
10:15
Funding Water and WW Infrastructure through partnerships and collaboration

Indra Maharjan
Director, Innovation, Technology & Alternative Delivery
Ontario Clean Water Agency

11:00
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
11:15
Collecting Rental Arrears: How to Structure Collection Programs to Improve Participation and Re-Invest in Community

Audrey DeMarsico
Lawyer
Nelligan O‘Brien Payne LLP

  • 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

12:00
Networking Luncheon for Attendees and Speakers
1:00

FUNDING OPPORTUNITY

Combating Gender-Based Violence: Funding for Shelters and Transitional Housing

David Muriella
Senior Financial Solutions Specialist, Indigenous & Northern Housing Solutions
Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC)

This session will detail a joint initiative between CMHC and Indigenous Services Canada, delivering the construction of 88 shelters and transitional homes for Indigenous women, children and 2SLGBTQQIA+ individuals.

2:00
Insights into The Canadian Housing Statistics Program

Zheren Hu
Senior Analyst
Statistics Canada, Canadian Housing Survey

Aaron Gorski
Analyst
Statistics Canada, Census, Housing

Alexandria Melvin
Research Analyst
Statistics Canada, Centre for Indigenous Statistics and Partnerships

Hear highlights from the Census and Canadian Housing Survey’s (CHS) most recent releases and learn about the data you can use to help address housing challenges.

3:00
Wellness Refreshment Break for Attendees and Speakers
3:15
Urban Rural and Northern Indigenous Housing Strategy

Cliff Grant
Director Strategic Relations
Aboriginal Housing Management Association

3:45
Closing Remarks from the Conference Co-Chairs
End of Conference