December 14, 2015: MVAEC releases "Towards an Urban Aboriginal Housing & Wellness Strategy for Metro Vancouver (2015-2020)". This strategy outlines critical targets for addressing housing and homelessness for the estimated 40,000-60,000 urban Indigenous people living in the Metro Vancouver area.
Among the identified targets are: 1500 units by 2020; as well as five actions to strengthen housing leadership and capacity. There is also a need to increase access and diversify housing options and offers seven immediate steps government at all levels can commit to in order to ensure living and wellness conditions for urban Indigenous people are properly addressed.
For more information, read the full report here. A brief summary is provided here. Review highlights of options for urban Aboriginal housing delivery here. Contact MVAEC directly to request a hard copy of the full report.
A unified voice of urban Aboriginal organizations The Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council was formed in 2008 to respond to our community’s desire for a more collaborative, strategic, and unified voice to represent the 40-60,000 Aboriginal people living in Metro Vancouver.
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While we appreciate the advocacy work of national and provincial Aboriginal organizations, we need everyone to understand that no one else can speak for us or our community’s needs. We believe that we are in the best position to identify, promote, and fulfill those with the help of our civic, provincial, federal, and private sector partners.We believe that urban issues are very important as over 60% of the Aboriginal population now live in large urban settings, yet very little funding is being allocated to meet their unique needs. Our members are leaders in many areas including youth, children & families, justice, health, housing, women, family violence, and many other important issues that are affecting our community. We work with all levels of government, First Nations leadership, the private sector, and others to help them better understand our needs, how addressing challenges in the Aboriginal community also benefits all Canadians, and how they can help to contribute to fostering positive change.