HALIFAX — The Canadian Institute (CI) has announced it is hosting a Forum on First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Atlantic, with a special event to be held in Halifax next month.
The forum will focus on the federal government’s proposed investment of $6 billion over five years to support community infrastructure projects in Indigenous communities, including the launch of the $4.3 billion Indigenous Community Infrastructure Fund, stated a release.
The event will take place in Halifax on Oct. 19 and will focus on accessing the funding promised by the government in its 2022 budget.
Chaired by Pabineau First Nation Chief Terry Richardson, delegates will also hear from Indigenous Service’s director Nelson Barbosa, Efficiency Nova Scotia’s Gordon Hart, the Government of Nova Scotia’s Alex Cadel and the Atlantic Policy Congress of First Nations Chiefs Secretariat’s Julianna Robertson.
“An event like this is long overdue in the Atlantic region, where housing concerns in Indigenous communities are as critical as in other parts of Canada,” stated CI’s indigenous portfolio lead Desiree Finhert in a statement. “This event will not only discuss current funding for Indigenous communities and projects, but we will also be discussing how to future-proof homes and create resilient infrastructure amid climate change.”
The forum is intended for community leaders, government representatives and industry partners from the energy, finance, trades, construction and design sectors.
The event is part of the four-day Atlantic Convention on Indigenous Affairs taking place in Halifax from Oct. 17 to 20.