First Nations Housing Symposium

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

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.

Workshop Agenda

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


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.



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



working with Governments, organizations, businesses and First Nations across Canada. 

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council (NmTC) is a non-profit society established in 1983 that supports its member nations in realizing their efforts towards self-reliance, self-governance, connection to culture, and quality of life now and for future generations.


NmTC generates own-source revenues through its activities, and the activities of Naut'sa mawt Resources Group (NRG) by providing products and services to private and public sectors across Canada. Revenues enable NmTC to expand  resources available to member Nations and support Indigenous communities throughout Canada

Naut'sa mawt Tribal Council

Naut'sa mawt Resources Group


Delta Office:

330-6165 Highway 17A

Delta, BC V4K 5B8


Toll-free: 888-382-7711

Finance Office:

8017 Chemainus Rd

Chemainus, BC VOR 1K5