Register Now: Encampment & right to housing webinar Join our Executive Director Kaitlin Schwan and other experts for an important webinar, An Overview of Canadian Camps: A Right to Housing Approach happening this Friday, December 2. The purpose of this webinar is to mobilize knowledge from a research project tasked with making recommendations to the Office of the Federal Housing Advocate (Canadian Human Rights Commission), about the human rights dimensions of camps across Canada. By presenting the results of focused case studies, conducted in three different provinces (British Columbia, Ontario, Quebec), the presentation will juxtapose the regulation of encampments with the right to housing and human rights as defined in the National Protocol for Homeless Encampments in Canada (Farha & Schwan, 2020). REGISTER
New Co-Chairs join the Network! Please help us welcome Marie McGregor Pitawanakwat and Katłįà Lafferty who are joining the Women's National Housing & Homelessness Network as Co-Chairs. They are also Co-Chairs of the National Indigenous Feminist Housing Working Group, which filed a Human Rights Claim in June alongside the WNHHN. Marie is an Anishinaabe kwe, at Daawganing, on Manitoulin Island, Northeastern Ontario, Canada. Marie developed a business called Szhibeegen Training Services, which provided training and development to First Nation communities and NGOs, primarily in Northwestern Ontario, focussed on community and business development. Her business won an award from the Northern Ontario Business Awards. Read her full bio here. Katłįà is a member of the Yellowknives Dene First Nation from Somba K’e (Yellowknife), Northwest Territories. She is currently an uninvited guest on the occupied and unceded lands of the Coast Salish peoples in lək̓ʷəŋən territory where she is in her fourth year of Common Law and Indigenous Legal Orders with the University of Victoria. She is also the author of the fictional novel “This House is Not a Home”. In the coming weeks, we will be announcing more about what Marie and Katłįà are working on for the National Indigenous Feminist Housing Working Group. Welcome to the team!
Letter: Call on Trudeau to protect renters Renters across Canada are facing increasing challenges in their homes. Many are facing excessive rent increases they cannot afford, which are leading to their “economic eviction.” Many have little option but to live in poorly maintained and unsafe homes. Many are facing discriminatory and illegal behaviour from some landlords, with little recourse to protect their rights. The laws that should protect renters from these housing challenges differ based on where they live. It is unfair that renters in Canada do not enjoy the same basic legal protections to live securely in their homes. We’re joining the Canadian Centre for Housing Rights (CCHR) in calling on our federal government to take steps to ensure that renters across Canada have basic legal protections so they can live in secure homes. In under two minutes you can send a letter to the Prime Minister, Justin Trudeau, and the Minister of Housing and Diversity and Inclusion, Ahmed Hussen, through CCHR’s website.