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June 1, 2021
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Celebrating the tireless work of Indigenous Peoples in community housing

Dear <<First Name>>

If you’ve been following the Centre’s activities, you’re bound to have noticed that reconciliation with Indigenous people is one of our priorities. We think it’s important to support for-indigenous, by-indigenous community housing activists. Several of the stories we have highlighted in previous newsletters (archives here) tell the stories of these transformative projects affecting numerous communities.

Since the Centre launched operations in the fall of 2019, we have funded 21 projects (either completed or ongoing) led by Indigenous housing providers across the country, for a total of just over $1.3 million in grants. We’re sharing these numbers here as just one measure of the many transformative steps that have been taken by organizations from a variety of Indigenous nations.

For example, one of the Centre-funded projects was designed to assist the Mamele’awt Qweesome Housing Society in its strategic planning in Mission, B.C. Another enabled the Native Inter-Tribal Housing Co-op to conduct a feasibility study necessary to better assess its organizational health and needs so that it can remain viable and look to the future. Yet another helped ensure that Indigenous single mothers in Ontario could access services tailored for them through a program of the Ontario Federation of Indigenous Friendship Centres.

This month, the Centre’s newsletter pays tribute to National Indigenous Peoples Day, which occurs on June 21, the Summer Solstice. This year marks the 25th anniversary of its celebration in Canada. And June is also National Indigenous History Month. To mark the occasion, we would like to tip our hat to the Indigenous organizations that have entrusted us with their projects.

Our Indigenous allies share their thoughts in this month's editorial.

We are hiring!

The Community Housing Transformation Centre is looking to fill two program manager positions, one for Ontario and one for British Columbia. This is an ideal job for people who want to wake up every morning knowing they are helping other Canadians to provide a place to call home for those in need. 

All details are here. Please get the word out!
Featured article
All things are interconnected: an Indigenous perspective on homelessness
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For Indigenous populations, the concept of homelessness is much broader than the simple lack of shelter—it encompasses the alienation inherent in three centuries of being uprooted from their cultures and communities. Jesse Thistle puts a human face on the Indigenous concept of “home”—where emphasis is placed on a holistic approach rather than built environment.
Articles & awarded projects
Village Urbain aims to ‘professionalize’ cohousing projects
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Cohousing could be a remedy for the social isolation experienced by many—young and old—and could reduce the human footprint on the planet. But this type of community is still uncommon in Canada and can take many years to develop. The non-profit Village Urbain is currently developing a cohousing project destined for the greater Montréal area, and aims to “professionalize” this unique form of community.
Birch Housing takes stock for the future
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How do community housing organizations ensure survival, growth and anticipate the future? These are issues that Birch Housing, which has been in operation since 1975 in the Toronto area, has been thinking about. It inspired them to go undergo a process to better understand their situation and to reposition themselves with a mission, clearly defined vision, values and directions, with a view to ensure not only survival but growth.
Faith in action: turning asphalt into apartments
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Faith-based organizations are often asset-rich but cash-poor. With a little help, however, they can take action to support the supply of affordable housing in their communities, and thus address issues such as loneliness and homelessness. This is the story of Co:Here Housing in Vancouver, born out of a partnership between Grandview Church and the Salsbury Community Society.
Sector events

June 10-13, 2021 — CHF Canada’s 2021 Annual Meeting

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CHF Canada built on last year’s virtual meeting experience to create an even more exciting lineup of workshops, panel discussions and socials, all of which can be enjoyed from the safety and comfort of your own home. Explore their inspiring and informative lineup of meetings, workshops and networking events.

June 16, 2021 —  FLHLMQ's Annual Convention (French only)

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The countdown has begun! The Fédération des locataires d’habitations à loyer modique du Québec (FLHLMQ) convention will be held on Wednesday, June 16, from 8:30 am to 12 pm. Municipal Affairs and Housing Minister Andrée Laforest will be present to discuss with tenants. Make sure to register!
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