Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples – On-Reserve Housing & Infrastructure:
Recommendations for Change.
Dartmouth, Nova Scotia — Chiefs encouraged by the report On-Reserve Housing and
Infrastructure: Recommendations for Change and the thoughtful detailed recommendations
provided by the Standing Senate Committee on Aboriginal Peoples. The Senators took the time
and effort to come directly to our communities and listened carefully to the wide array of concerns
and possible solutions to this complex problem which has been a part of reserve life for decades.
Our Chiefs feel the recommendations are carefully thought out and reflect some real actions which
must be considered by the Harper government as well as all other federal party leaders for action
and implementation not more talk and discussion.
This final part of the report must be addressed seriously by the lead federal agencies Aboriginal
Affairs and Northern Development Canada (AANDC) and Canada Mortgage and Housing
Corporation (CMHC) and not become another report to build a strategy of excuses for delay. A 9
billion dollar problem exists and this really needs to be addressed through a combination of efforts
and actions conducted in partnerships to ensure actions will significantly produce quality
infrastructure and quality housing in all our First Nations communities
“As the election day approaches in October, all First Nation people will be looking to see which
First Nation Housing & Infrastructure issues get much needed attention and action as detailed in
the Senate report recommendations” noted Chief Gloade APC Co-Chair. “The report provides a
blueprint for actions which can be achieved working in partnership with our First Nation
communities and people” stated Chief George Ginnish APC Co-Chair. “Our Chiefs wish to
express our thanks for the work conducted by the Senate Committee and the report
recommendations can be an opportunity to find real solutions to the Housing & Infrastructure
Crisis which exists in all our communities”, noted John G. Paul, Executive Director APC.
APC is a policy research and advocacy organization which provides advice to improve the lives
of all Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu peoples and communities.
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat is a policy research and advocacy
organization that analyzes and develops culturally relevant alternatives to federal policy for 37
Mi’kmaq, Maliseet, Passamaquoddy and Innu communities and peoples.
For further information contact:
John G. Paul
Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat
Toll Free 1-877-667-4007