Aboriginal Housing Initiatives
The Government of British Columbia works in partnership with Aboriginal groups, other provincial agencies and the federal government to support and improve off-reserve Aboriginal housing for First Nations and Aboriginal people in British Columbia.
Through the Transformative Change Accord (TCA) and the Métis Nation Relationship Accord (MNRA) the Province is committed to closing the housing gap between Aboriginal people and other British Columbians.
To support the TCA and MNRA commitments, in 2008 British Columbia undertook a province-wide engagement process involving Aboriginal organizations, First Nations and other groups to inform future work related to off-reserve Aboriginal housing. A key initiative recommended during the process was the development of an Off-Reserve Aboriginal Housing Resource Tool.
Also, in May 2008, British Columbia, the Government of Canada and the First Nations Leadership Council signed the historic Tripartite First Nations Housing Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) which commits the parties to work together to develop a comprehensive approach to improve housing for First Nations communities, individuals and families living both on and off reserve.
The Province has undertaken a number of other off-reserve Aboriginal housing programs and initiatives including:
- Transferring the administration of Aboriginal off-reserve social housing units to the Aboriginal Housing Management Association.
- Through the Aboriginal Housing Initiative creating more than 200 off-reserve Aboriginal housing units.
- Through the Aboriginal Homeless Outreach Program engaging with homeless Aboriginal people living on the street by providing culturally appropriate supports and services in nine communities: Vancouver, Surrey, Kamloops, Kelowna, Prince George, Dawson Creek, Victoria, Duncan and Fort St. John.
- Subsidizing over 3,700 Aboriginal housing units across British Columbia.