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e-2929 (Social affairs and equality)

Initiated by Steven Sutherland from Gatineau, Quebec

Original language of petition: English

Petition to the Government of Canada

  • More than 80% of Indigenous peoples live in urban, rural, and northern communities;
  • Indigenous peoples are 11 times more likely to use a homeless shelter;
  • 21% of Indigenous peoples live in some form of subsidized housing;
  • The 2017 National Housing Strategy nor any subsequent policy provided specific funding or policies for urban or rural Indigenous housing;
  • The mandate letter for the Minister of Families, Children and Social Development specifically outlines the need for such a strategy;
  • The Canadian Housing and Renewal Association’s (CHRA) Indigenous Caucus has provided real leadership on this issue; and
  • The strategy outlined in the CHRA Indigenous Caucus “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” urban, rural, and northern Indigenous housing strategy sets forth a vision for such a strategy, and would respond to the Calls to Justice in the Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls Final Report as well as the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
We, the undersigned, supporters of an urban, rural and northern housing strategy in Canada, call upon the Government of Canada to:
1. Develop a “For Indigenous, By Indigenous” National Housing Centre;
2. Increase the supply of stable, safe, affordable housing by building 73,000 new units of housing for urban, rural and northern Indigenous peoples;
3. Support for tenants’ well-being and long-term success with wraparound Indigenous services;
4. Accelerate action on Indigenous homelessness; and
5. A focus on northern housing.
Open for signature
October 22, 2020, at 4:41 p.m. (EDT)
Closed for signature
December 21, 2020, at 4:41 p.m. (EDT)
Photo - Jenny Kwan
Vancouver East
New Democratic Party Caucus
British Columbia
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