Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Perry Bellegarde opened the AFN National Housing and Infrastructure Forum – “Moving Forward on First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Reform” in Winnipeg by calling for a First Nations-led strategy and national action plan to put forward solutions that will ensure safe and healthy housing and infrastructure to meet the needs of all First Nations.

“The AFN is convening this Forum because First Nations must lead this work and we are ready to share our ideas and look at examples of success,” said National Chief Bellegarde.  “Our people live the reality of the housing and infrastructure deficit everyday. We do have the expertise and the experience to develop the right solutions and we invite partners in government, industry and the public to work with us.”

“Every First Nation family and individual, no matter where they live, deserves to live in a healthy home that is safe, dry, and free of overcrowding,” the National Chief added. “They deserve clean drinking water and communities with essential government services including infrastructure facilities. We must make this a priority as we eliminate the social and economic gap between Indigenous peoples and others in Canada.”

The forum is taking place November 1-3 at the RBC Convention Centre in Winnipeg. Read more here.

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