First Nations Housing Symposium

Who should attend?

Up to three (3) representatives from your community are invited to attend. This workshop will be directly relevant to Band Council Members and Housing Administration. AANDC will be providing expense reimbursement for up to 3 participants per nation at a maximum of $500 per claim.

February 18th, 2015 in Smithers, BC or February 20th, 2015 in Vancouver, BC
Workshop Agenda

Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation ( CMHC) and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada ( AANDC) invite you to attend a one day symposium exploring alternative housing options including higher density housing, proven implementation strategies of other First Nation communities and mentoring between nations to build capacity in housing management.


Housing experts and industry professionals will lead a variety of sessions designed inspire and enlighten the audience:


Topics include: Higher Density Housing Options; Successful implementation of a higher density housing model; Components of effective multi-family property management; Strategic planning and how good governance can play a key role in achieving positive results.


Hear the tale of two Nations and how mentoring one another can be easily achieved and perhaps the catalyst for change in your own community.

8:15 am - 9:00 am



9:00 am - 9:20 am

Opening Prayer and Introduction

• Remarks from CMHC and AANDC


9:20 am - 10:30 am

Journeys that communities have taken to successfully overcome and implement higher density development

• Ron Root- Housing Manager Saugeen First Nation

• Richard Hall- Asset Management Manager, Nuxalk First Nation

• Leona Thomas- Housing Manager, Nakazdli Band

Components of effective multi-unit management

• Kevin Albers- Makola Housing


10:30 am - 10:45 am

Health Break


10:45 am - 11:45 am

Panel Discussion – Implementation of Higher Density Development

• Overcoming Challenges

• Critical components

• Financial viability

• Operations and maintenance


11:45 am - 12:15 pm

New Approach to Housing Support( NAHS)

• Overview and update of NAHS


• Q&A


12:15 pm - 1:00 pm



1:00 pm - 2:00 pm

Strategic Planning Demystified

How do you move forward with a strategic plan within available resources, land and economy?

• Chris Maracle

Strategic planning starts with good Governance and a strong financial viability model

• Chris Maracle and other Guest First Nation participants

Perspectives from remote and urban communities.

• Darlene Fosbery, Housing Manager Westbank First Nation

• Jamie Pond, Kitasoo First Nation


2:00 pm - 2:30 pm

Panel discussion


2:30 pm - 2:45 pm

Health Break


2:45 pm - 3:15 pm

Nation to Nation networking

The tale of two Nations: Reaching out Home grown solutions for building capacity

• Stacy McNiel


3:15 pm - 4:00 pm

Group discussion


4:00 pm - 4:30 pm

Wrap up




Hudson Bay Lodge Hotel

Room: Hudson Summit

3251 East Highway 16

Telephone: (250) 847-4581



The Coast Coal Harbour

Room: Coal Harbour A

1180 West Hastings St

Telephone: (604) 697-0202


Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council


Delta Office:

330-6165 Highway 17A

Delta, BC V4K 5B8



Vancouver Island Office:

8017 Chemainus Rd

Chemainus, BC VOR 1K5

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council


Delta: 604-943-6712

Vancouver Island: 250-324-1800

Toll free: 888-382-7711