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Presenters

on September 25, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Call for Presentations

The Assembly of First Nations will host the 2017 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show on October 30th to November 1st, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec. The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.  The Forum will be an opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, and a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Input and recommendations will be sought from participants to ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

Topics of discussion will include:

• The development of a First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure strategy;

• The development of a Strategic Plan with short, medium and long-term objectives and outcomes;

• How to move forward with First Nations driven options for Housing and Infrastructure Authorities;

• Determining your future vision on the transformative change to housing and infrastructure programs and services; and

• Best practices that support housing and infrastructure programs.

Forum Attendees will include: Chiefs or their representative, Housing Managers, Public Works Managers, and individuals who are working in the field of Housing and Infrastructure Management; First Nation organizations or technicians interested in improving the management and delivery of housing and infrastructure; consultants, government officials and non-government entities involved in First Nations housing and infrastructure.

The submission format is as follows:

• A description of your presentation (max length: 200 words) should include how it relates to the Forum theme and related topics of interest;

• The presenter’s biography (max length: 100 words) must be included; and,

Please submit your submission by email to tcote2@afn.ca in word format, identifying “2017 Housing and Infrastructure Forum Presentation – Submission” in the subject line.  Please note that submissions may be edited for length for Forum documentation.

Submission Deadline: October 13, 2017 at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

Individuals with successful submissions will be notified on or before October 20th, 2017.  Please note that, due to the limited budget for this important event, presenters will be responsible for their own travel costs; however, under exceptional circumstances some travel subsidy could be considered on an individual basis upon request in writing.

If you have any questions about the Call for Presentations, please contact tcote2@afn.ca

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Angie TurnerPresenters

Trade Show

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Trade Show

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.  It will be an opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Participant input and recommendations will ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

The tradeshow is an excellent opportunity to showcase your Housing and Infrastructure products and interact with  First Nation leadership, band administrators, public works and housing managers, technicians, organizations, government departments, and businesses from across Canada.

The Tradeshow also invites you to highlight trending approaches to Micro or “Tiny” homes. This is an area that is of emerging interest with First Nations.

Please note that there are a limited number of Trade Show booths available for the Forum and the registration fee for a Trade Show booth is $1,379.70.

Registration for the Tradeshow is now open.  Please contact Mike Cote at mcote@afn.ca or by telephone at 613.241.6789 extension 230 to obtain more information.

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Accommodations

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Accommodations

Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel

Our host hotel for the Forum is the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W.

The rate is $219/night plus applicable taxes.

Hotel Reservations: Call 1-800-441-1414 quoting Block Code: AFN1017 or online at the following hotel link:
Assembly of First Nations – Housing Conference

DEADLINE: Room rate available only until Tuesday, October 10, 2017

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Sponsors

on September 24, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Corporate Sponsorship Opportunities

If your company or organization is interested in sponsoring the 2017 National Housing and Infrastructure Forum and Trade Show, please indicate your interest by email to 2017housinginfrastructureforum@afn.ca

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Registration

on September 21, 2017

Housing and Infrastructure
Forum and Tradeshow

October 30 – November 1, 2017
Montreal, Quebec

Registration

AVOID THE REGISTRATION LINE UP!

Register and check in for the Forum at the Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel, 900 René-Lévesque Blvd W, by Sunday, October 29, 2017, between 4:00 PM until 9:00 PM and be eligible for a great prize.

Please contact Tash Cote at 613-241-6789, ext. 274 with any questions regarding registration.

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National Housing and Infrastructure Forum

on September 21, 2017

“Moving Towards First Nations Care and Control of Housing and Infrastructure”

Live Webcast

The Forum will host plenary sessions and interactive workshops on how transitioning to First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure can be achieved.

The Forum will be your opportunity to lead the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure. Your input and recommendations will ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is realized from a First Nations perspective.

Conference Information

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Fairmont The Queen Elizabeth Hotel
900 René-Lévesque Blvd W
Montreal, Québec

Contacts

Registration Information
Tash Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 274
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: tcote@afn.ca

Tradeshow Inquiries
Mike Cote
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 230
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: mcote@afn.ca

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AFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Suicide Prevention Day by Focusing on ‘Culture for Life’ to Promote Health and Wellness

on September 8, 2017

(Ottawa, ON) – Assembly of First Nations National Chief Perry Bellegarde will mark World Suicide Prevention Day on September 10 by focusing on culture as a way to promote life and wellness, shifting the focus from ‘suicide prevention’ to ‘life promotion.’ Part of this effort involves a social media campaign called ‘Culture for Life’, encouraging First Nations youth to share how they are connecting to their culture.

“As First Nations people, we have endured a great deal but through this long history our cultures, spirituality and the knowledge of our Elders have sustained us with strength, guidance and healing,” said AFN National Chief Bellegarde. “We are all on the journey to wellness together, rebuilding the foundation of spiritual, emotional, mental and physical health. Let’s support our languages, let’s support our traditions and let’s support one another in connecting to our cultures.”

Ontario Regional Chief Isadore Day, chair of the AFN Chiefs Committee on Health said that many First Nation leaders are working to eliminate suicide in their communities, difficult work that requires an “all of government” approach, and an “all of community” effort.

“Reaching into our communities, encouraging our people to reach out when they need it most is Life Promotion in action,” said Regional Chief Day. “The more that we can create opportunity, safety and security in our communities, the more our people will feel hope and the more our people will choose life. Our greatest gains in saving lives will be made by embracing our cultures, our languages and by connecting to the life-essence of the land.”

This year, AFN partnered with Thunderbird Partnership Foundation and First Peoples Wellness Circle to promote ‘Culture for Life’, a social media campaign for First Nations youth that encouraged them to highlight the strength that is gained through culture. First Nations youth were asked to send pictures, stories or videos in advance of September 10 to participate describing how they use culture to promote wellness and life. All submissions can be viewed at the www.cultureforlife.ca website.

Carol Hopkins, Executive Director of the Thunderbird Partnership Foundation said, “What the Creator gave to us in the beginning as First Nations was given forever and all time – our languages, cultures, and Indigenous knowledge are the foundation of what gives us hope for tomorrow, a sense of belonging within the world, meaning for life, and purpose for what we do. It’s up to all of us to ensure youth have access to all that will give them hope, belonging, meaning and purpose.”

Dr. Brenda M Restoule, Chair of the First Peoples Wellness Circle stated, “The strength and resiliency of First Nations people is within our culture, our languages and our worldview. Our cultural practices, teaching and ceremonies all hold the truths to living a good life – ‘mino-biimadzawin’. When we connect to our culture we connect to the knowledge of our ancestors. As family and community we all have a responsibility to support youth to connect, connect with their gifts, their strengths, their knowledge, their culture. When they have this they have hope, belonging, meaning and purpose – keys to wellness.”

 The AFN is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada.  Follow AFN on Twitter @AFN_Updates.

 The Thunderbird Partnership Foundation is a national organization representing First Nations in Canada in mental wellness.  Follow Thunderbird on Twitter @ThunderbirdPF

 First Peoples Wellness Circle is a national organization in Canada representing First Peoples in mental wellness. Follow First Peoples on Twitter @FPWellnessC

For more information, please contact:

Jamie Monastyrski
Press Secretary – National Chief’s Office
613-241-6789 ext. 222
343-540-6179 (cell)
jamiem@afn.ca

Alain Garon
Bilingual Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 382
613-292-0857 (cell)
agaron@afn.ca

Michael Hutchinson
Communications Officer
613-241-6789 ext. 254
613-299-6330 (cell)
mhutchinson@afn.ca

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Angie TurnerAFN National Chief Perry Bellegarde Marks World Suicide Prevention Day by Focusing on ‘Culture for Life’ to Promote Health and Wellness

Culture for Life

on August 21, 2017

How?

Send in a photo or video of yourself connecting with your culture (fishing, cooking a feast, attending a gathering, etc).

Share the power of culture through any medium (drawings/paintings/poetry/ photos/videos). Show the world how creative you are!

Share how your culture promotes your own wellness, and LIFE!

Submission Form

When?

Send your submission to cultureforlife@afn.ca by September 5th. All those that submit before the deadline and are twenty-five and under will be entered to win an iPad! *Include your age and contact information with your submission to be entered

Your submission will reach other youth across the country via AFN and Thunderbird Partnership Foundation social media and cultureforlife.ca

My Culture. My Life.

Message from National Chief Perry Bellegarde

Message from Regional Chief Isadore Day

Connect with culture for life

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Contacts

on July 13, 2017

38th Annual General Assembly (AGA)

July 25-27, 2017
Regina, Saskatchewan.

Contacts

For more information, please visit the AFN website at www.afn.ca or contact the following individuals:

AGA 2017 Coordination
Regina Toulouse
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 326
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: aga2017@afn.ca

AGA 2017 Registration Information
Angie Turner
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 296
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: AGAregistration@afn.ca

General Inquiries
Rikki McDonald
Telephone: (613) 241-6789, ext. 113
Fax: (613) 241-5808
E-mail: rmcdonald@afn.ca

On behalf of the Assembly of First Nations, we look forward to seeing you in Regina!

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