Aboriginal Affairs & Northern Development Canada Sponsors WIHC

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We are pleased to announce that Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) has signed on as a Gold Sponsor of the 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference, being held June 11-15, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia, says Andrew Leach, 2012 WIHC Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), which is coordinating the conference.

The 2012 WIHCSharing Our Stories; Sharing Our Successesis the first international event to bring Indigenous housing leaders, politicians, policymakers, researchers and corporate leaders from around the world together to learn from best practices, build a global network and showcase Indigenous cultures.

Working in partnership with Aboriginal communities and organizations is key to improve housing conditions on reserve and the quality of life of First Nations across the country, says the Honourable John Duncan, Minister of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. By supporting initiatives such as the WIHC, our Government is working to build a future in which First Nations are self-sufficient and prosperous, and have the tools to make strong contributions to the country as a whole.

An outstanding lineup of international leaders in Indigenous housing will cover five key themes at the conference: Sharing Our Stories, Governance and Capacity Building, Government Partnerships, Housing as a Determinant of Health, and Disaster Preparedness and Response.

More than 1,000 delegates from Canada, Australia, New Zealand and the United States are expected to participate in the conference, which offers an unprecedented opportunity for dialogue among international Indigenous housing leaders and government officials.

AANDC is providing $50,000 to develop a new International Indigenous Housing Portal, which will be launched at the WIHC. The website will be a key research benefit stemming from the conference, creating a new web-based repository for knowledge on best practices everyone can use to expand capacity in their own countries.

Leaders in Indigenous housing will be able to access virtually any type of online content on the new website such as research documents, a searchable database, discussion forum, blogs, multimedia content, email, job postings, social media, event calendar, photo galleries and RSS news feeds. AHMA and AANDC are working with theFirst Nations Technology Councilto develop the new portal.

“We’re excited about partnering with AANDC to create a new website that will sustain connections among Indigenous housing and government leaders from around the world well beyond the conference,” adds Andrew Leach.

The 2012 WIHC focuses on Indigenous housing providers from Canada, the US, Australia and New Zealand, because these developed countries share common housing experiences and have established infrastructure. AHMA will take recommendations on Indigenous housing from the WIHC forward to the United Nations Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues for international action, as AHMA is a registered UNPFII participant.

For more information:

  • Contact the Aboriginal Housing Management Association

P:+1.604.921.2462 | 1.888.921.2462 toll free in North America

E:reception@ahma-bc.org

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