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Welcome to Let’s Talk – BC Housing’s Reconciliation Strategy

Our Reconciliation Strategy provides a framework for how BC Housing supports the development and operation of affordable and social housing across the province, in a way that demonstrates a higher level of commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)’s Calls to Action and the Province’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).

We are committed to the on-going dialogue and action on reconciliation. As a funder, employer, owner and operator of housing programs, BC Housing touches the lives of many Indigenous peoples.

We commit to taking our own reconciliation journey and supporting our employees on theirs. It is an ongoing process with much to be learned along the way.

Our Reconciliation Journey

Developing our Reconciliation Strategy brings action to our commitments outlined in BC Housing’s 2023-2026 Service Plan which mandates us to:

  • Deepen Indigenous Partnerships to advance Truth and Reconciliation and implement the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) 
  • Ensure housing and services are equitable, people-centred and accessible to all

In 2019, BC Housing began developing a reconciliation strategy. Two Worlds Consulting (TWC) was commissioned to lead conversations with Indigenous communities, organizations and partners. As a result, we were able to gather our engagement findings into the Moving Forward Together (MFT) report released in February 2021.

Community Engagement

Our community engagement process builds on the MFT listening and gathering sessions. It also bridges project-specific engagements and leans into our existing partnerships and relationships. Our journey weaves perspectives and conversations from Indigenous communities, organizations, partners and employees. It helps direct our work in reconciliation, equity and Indigenous relations. We are committed to moving forward together- to working with principles of reconciliation and Indigenous self-determination.

Next steps

Five (5) streams serve as our framework on how we will move along on our reconciliation journey as a provincial housing commission. The five streams work together forming BC Housing’s Reconciliation Strategy and include:

  1. Building our reconciliation scaffolding
  2. Understanding reconciliation
  3. Transforming our organization and sector
  4. Building and sustaining relationships
  5. Maintaining and multiplying transformation

We intentionally used the river and stream metaphors to describe our strategy. With the implementation of DRIPA, it is important to be conscious of the ever-shifting terrain of reconciliation. Understanding that many Indigenous communities are managing environmental crises, including flooding and wildfires, and other priorities, the five streams of work allow us to meander, pivot and re-orient our work based on community need, availability, and capacity.


Capture of the Reconciliation Strategy DocumentView a high-level summary of the Reconciliation Strategy.


Part of our commitment to reconciliation, action, accountability and transparency is to engage with First Nation partners, Indigenous sector organizations and non-Indigenous sector organizations, and housing and service providers. Below is a list of engagements:

DatesENGAGEMENT GROUP
COMPLETED
May 10, 2023Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) gathering
June 12, 2023First Nations Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partners
July 14, 2023

Non-Indigenous sector organizations and associations, including:

  • BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)
  • Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC)
  • BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)
July 18, 2023First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council (FNHIC)
August 2, 2023Métis Nation of BC (MNBC)
UPCOMING
Date TBCLu'ma Native Housing and Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)
September 2023
(Dates TBC)
Indigenous and non-Indigenous housing and service providers


Check this page often to learn about upcoming events.

Interested in participating in an upcoming engagement session? Please contact us at engage@bchousing.org.

We are committed to co-creation and transparency. Please see our discussion guide for these engagements.

Questions? Email us at: engage@bchousing.org or use the Question Form below.


Welcome to Let’s Talk – BC Housing’s Reconciliation Strategy

Our Reconciliation Strategy provides a framework for how BC Housing supports the development and operation of affordable and social housing across the province, in a way that demonstrates a higher level of commitment to the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples (UNDRIP), the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC)’s Calls to Action and the Province’s Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA).

We are committed to the on-going dialogue and action on reconciliation. As a funder, employer, owner and operator of housing programs, BC Housing touches the lives of many Indigenous peoples.

We commit to taking our own reconciliation journey and supporting our employees on theirs. It is an ongoing process with much to be learned along the way.

Our Reconciliation Journey

Developing our Reconciliation Strategy brings action to our commitments outlined in BC Housing’s 2023-2026 Service Plan which mandates us to:

  • Deepen Indigenous Partnerships to advance Truth and Reconciliation and implement the Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples Act (DRIPA) 
  • Ensure housing and services are equitable, people-centred and accessible to all

In 2019, BC Housing began developing a reconciliation strategy. Two Worlds Consulting (TWC) was commissioned to lead conversations with Indigenous communities, organizations and partners. As a result, we were able to gather our engagement findings into the Moving Forward Together (MFT) report released in February 2021.

Community Engagement

Our community engagement process builds on the MFT listening and gathering sessions. It also bridges project-specific engagements and leans into our existing partnerships and relationships. Our journey weaves perspectives and conversations from Indigenous communities, organizations, partners and employees. It helps direct our work in reconciliation, equity and Indigenous relations. We are committed to moving forward together- to working with principles of reconciliation and Indigenous self-determination.

Next steps

Five (5) streams serve as our framework on how we will move along on our reconciliation journey as a provincial housing commission. The five streams work together forming BC Housing’s Reconciliation Strategy and include:

  1. Building our reconciliation scaffolding
  2. Understanding reconciliation
  3. Transforming our organization and sector
  4. Building and sustaining relationships
  5. Maintaining and multiplying transformation

We intentionally used the river and stream metaphors to describe our strategy. With the implementation of DRIPA, it is important to be conscious of the ever-shifting terrain of reconciliation. Understanding that many Indigenous communities are managing environmental crises, including flooding and wildfires, and other priorities, the five streams of work allow us to meander, pivot and re-orient our work based on community need, availability, and capacity.


Capture of the Reconciliation Strategy DocumentView a high-level summary of the Reconciliation Strategy.


Part of our commitment to reconciliation, action, accountability and transparency is to engage with First Nation partners, Indigenous sector organizations and non-Indigenous sector organizations, and housing and service providers. Below is a list of engagements:

DatesENGAGEMENT GROUP
COMPLETED
May 10, 2023Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA) gathering
June 12, 2023First Nations Memorandum of Understanding (MOU) partners
July 14, 2023

Non-Indigenous sector organizations and associations, including:

  • BC Non-Profit Housing Association (BCNPHA)
  • Homelessness Services Association of BC (HSABC)
  • BC Society of Transition Houses (BCSTH)
July 18, 2023First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Council (FNHIC)
August 2, 2023Métis Nation of BC (MNBC)
UPCOMING
Date TBCLu'ma Native Housing and Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council (MVAEC)
September 2023
(Dates TBC)
Indigenous and non-Indigenous housing and service providers


Check this page often to learn about upcoming events.

Interested in participating in an upcoming engagement session? Please contact us at engage@bchousing.org.

We are committed to co-creation and transparency. Please see our discussion guide for these engagements.

Questions? Email us at: engage@bchousing.org or use the Question Form below.

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