Housing

National Chief Archibald Says First Nations Require Economic Reconciliation to Advance Healing Path Forward

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief RoseAnne Archibald says the 2022 federal budget tabled today in Ottawa falls short in addressing the urgent and long-term needs identified by First Nations and that First Nations must share in the wealth derived from the land and resources of Canada.

Opinion: Terry Teegee: Municipalities in B.C. seem blinded to their responsibility to be good-faith partners in reconciliation

Opinion: With such a high proportion of homeless people being Indigenous, many municipalities that continue to pursue a strategy of destroying encampments are in violation of the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

The judiciary is starting to weigh in on how municipalities handle the homeless crisis in B.C. In their decisions, we are starting to see one branch of government begin to display some humanity toward our unhoused citizens.

Municipalities need to sit up and take notice.

'We have nowhere': B.C. First Nations, rural residents say storm permanently changed the land

"For our grandchildren and their children, now the devastation has left them nothing": Shackan First Nation Chief Arnold Lampreau.

 

Chief Arnold Lampreau expects his house is a total loss, but the devastation goes far beyond that, extending hundreds of years into the future.

Last week’s storm didn’t just flood the Shackan First Nation’s reserve in B.C.’s Nicola Valley, Lampreau said, it changed the landscape.

Terry Teegee: Time to stop targeting Indigenous people

Opinion: I hope that cities in B.C. and across Canada can learn from the mistakes that Prince George is making, and be sure not to repeat them.

B.C. is facing a homeless crisis that needs to be addressed with the same level of urgency as COVID-19, the opioid epidemic and wildfires.

Of course these issues actually are part of what we’re seeing on the streets — wildfires have left so many people without a place to stay, COVID has forced providers to stop offering many services and a high proportion of the unhoused struggle with often deadly addictions.

Prince George bylaw targeting homeless people ‘scapegoats’ the poor, says expert

PRINCE GEORGE — A northern British Columbia city is enacting new restrictions meant to erase the homeless from its core, intensifying the grief that COVID-19 and the overdose crisis have already inflicted on those with nowhere to live, an expert says.

The bylaw recently passed by Prince George council has tight restrictions on the homeless and is another example of how municipalities are increasingly using harsh regulations to force street people from public spaces, critics said.

Nuxalk Housing Solutions - Part 2

The Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola British Columbia has done some amazing work in their housing and social development sectors. They have come up with some brilliant solutions to issues that plague First nations across the country. This video was made in hopes of inspiring other nations to adopt some of the Nuxalk Nation's successful strategies. Please share this video with your nation.

Nuxalk Housing Solutions - Part 1 - Promo

The Nuxalk Nation in Bella Coola British Columbia has done some amazing work in their housing and social development sectors. They have come up with some brilliant solutions to issues that plague First nations across the country. This promotional video was made to screen at the 2017 joint gathering in Vancouver BC. It is the first in a 2 part series made in hopes of inspiring other nations to adopt and adapt some of the Nuxalk Nation's successful strategies. Part 2 is coming soon and will be an in-depth look at their programs, strategies and successes.

Reno Nation, Kanaka Bar: Window Replacement

Many of the windows in homes in Kanaka Bar are old, leaky and improperly installed. Matthew Vandergriend and Christine Brown (Kanaka Bar) work with contractor Jiri Havelka of Community Power to tear out an old window and switch it with a high-efficiency replacement. Doing it right is important, since many of the benefits of a new window will be lost with a poor installation. About the Reno Nation videos: Kanaka Bar is on a path to self-sufficiency, which encompasses such areas as employment, food and energy.

Reno Nation, Kanaka Bar: Insulation

As Todd McBride (Community Power) explains, insulation and air sealing in old homes can often be improved. Matthew Vandergriend and Christine Brown (Kanaka Bar) work with Jiri Havelka (Community Power) to insulate the leaky rim joists in the basement of one home, replacing dirty ineffective insulation with properly sealed foam insulation. Residents, including Albert Michell, love the results! About the Reno Nation videos: Kanaka Bar is on a path to self-sufficiency, which encompasses such areas as employment, food and energy.

Reno Nation, Kanaka Bar: Blower Door Test

In many older homes, air leakage is very high, resulting in high energy bills and uncomfortable conditions in the winter. Learn as Uli Chorny (Community Power - @CommunityPwr) and Matthew Vandergriend (Kanaka Bar) work together to carry out a Blower Door test in order to understand how much energy is being lost and identify the leakiest spots in a home. About the Reno Nation videos: Kanaka Bar is on a path to self-sufficiency, which encompasses such areas as employment, food and energy.