Improving the living and housing conditions in the communities” represents quite a challenge in view of the extent of housing needs among First Nations. It is the view of the First Nations of Quebec and Labrador Chiefs’ Assembly (AFNQL). This sector is in crisis, and our elected representatives have made it a priority. Housing occupies a central role in the communities. All improvements made in this area, are susceptible of leading to tangible progress in health, education and employment with our members.
To resolve this crisis, the Chiefs rely on two (2) fundamental approaches: Firstly, a massive federal investment to eliminate the accumulated backlog; secondly, the negotiation and the implementation of a new approach by which, the First Nations will exercise their full jurisdiction over housing. Other governments are well aware of the stand taken. The Chief portfolio holder, Lance Haymond, (Eagle Village), multiplies the interventions with the federal and provincial decision makers. He also sees to the assertion of the regional interests in housing with his colleagues of the Assembly of First Nations (AFN). Moreover, the Secretariat of the AFNQL participates in activities of the Tripartite Regional Housing Committee and brings to light the concerns of the Chiefs with the representatives of Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC).
Over the past years, the AFNQL has organized regional meetings focused on the distribution of information and the sharing of good practices in housing management, and it will continue to do so. But there is a need to go further and to broach the challenge of implementing a real network which is functional. This challenge will be met once the information is disseminated properly and once it reaches the people who need it in order to properly fulfill their housing mandate.
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