Resolution 3: Housing Co-ops and Reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples
CHF Canada Board of Directors
Director, Strategic Affairs
311 – 225 Metcalfe Street
Ottawa, ON K2P 1P9
Tel.: (800) 465-2752
This resolution is for the meeting of:
✓ all CHF Canada members
- THAT CHF Canada undertake to develop, with appropriate guidance and advice, a plan for reconciliation that will guide its future actions in working with Indigenous peoples in a meaningful way;
- AND THAT CHF Canada encourage member housing co-operatives and other member organizations to reflect upon and take action towards Reconciliation with Indigenous peoples in their housing co-operatives and in their communities.
OUR REASONS FOR THIS RESOLUTION ARE:
- Canadians are coming to realize that Canada’s history and relationship with Indigenous peoples lacks both equity and justice. In 2016, Canada became a supporter of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples.
- In recognition of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) 2015 report and the resulting 94 Calls to Action, CHF Canada can play a role in answering these Calls to Action.
- CHF Canada is fully committed to the co-operative value of equity, and the seventh co-op principle, Concern for Community, which includes First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples.
- Developing a direct community response to the TRC’s Calls to Action demonstrates a commitment to a long-term process of healing and reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Canadians.
- The 2017 annual meeting included a workshop about inclusion and reconciliation with Indigenous communities. Participants were interested in practical ideas and action items to contribute to the reconciliation process.
- There are many examples of housing co-ops that are taking action towards reconciliation, including Diane Frankling Co-operative Homes (Toronto, ON), which has made a commitment to provide ongoing education to its members on Indigenous Peoples, and the Bain Apartments Co‑operative (Toronto, ON), which has installed a memorial Honour Canoe in its community along with a permanent land acknowledgement. CHF Canada and other housing co-ops can gain information and insight from these and other examples.
WE THINK THAT THIS WILL COST:
Costs associated with developing a plan for reconciliation are estimated to be around $15,000 and can be accommodated within the 2018 national operating budget.