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National Water Symposium and Trade Show 2018

on December 14, 2017

Reconciliation Through
Sustainable Water Management

Access to safe water and proper sanitation is a human right. Most importantly it is our inherent right to the use and protection of our waters and lands. The protection of water and all living beings that depend on it is the sacred responsibility entrusted to us by the Creator. First Nations have called for the repeal of the Safe Drinking Water for First Nations Act and the Assembly of First Nations now has the opportunity to facilitate discussion with First Nations in conceptualizing, elaborating, designing and implementing a re-envisioned engagement process for the review of the current Act. This Symposium will be the beginning of that dialogue and will seek input on how that should be accomplished.

February 6-8, 2018 ~ Fairmont Hotel Vancouver
900 W. Georgia Street
Vancouver, BC

Registration Package

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Registration

To facilitate registration, all participants and groups are encouraged to pre-register and pre-pay.

Register and check in for the Symposium at the Fairmont Hotel Vancouver, 900 W. Georgia Street, Vancouver, on Monday, February 5, 2018, between 4:00 PM and 8:00 PM to be eligible for a great prize.

Register On-line Registration Form

Registration forms and payment must be received by January 26, 2018.  An administration fee of $50.00 will apply for all cancellations prior to January 19, 2018; registration fees are non-refundable after January 19, 2018.

Please make cheques payable to the National Indian Brotherhood. Payments and registration forms should be submitted to the attention of Tash Cote, Registration Coordinator, National Water Symposium, assembly of First Nations, by mail to 55 Metcalfe Street, 16th Floor, ottawa, ON, K1P 6l5, by fax to 613-241-5808 or email to tcote@afn.ca.

Fees

$224 ($200 plus applicable taxes) First Nation Delegate Registration Fee
$560 ($500 plus applicable taxes) Corporate/Government Official Delegate Registration Fee

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

Accomodations

HOST HOTEL: FAIRMONT HOTEL VANCOUVER

Our host hotel for the Symposium is the Fairmont hotel Vancouver at 900 W. Georgia Street.  The rate is $199/night plus applicable taxes.

Reservations:
Call Fairmont Reservations
Phone: 1-800-441-1414
Block Code: 0218AFNW

Trade Show

Please note that there are a limited number of trade Show booths available for the Symposium. The registration fee for a trade Show booth is $1,344.00. To obtain a registration form or more information on the trade Show, please contact Larry Whiteduck by phone at 613.241.6789, ext. 237 or by email at lwhiteduck@afn.ca.

Exhibitor Booth Fee: $1,344.00 (includes applicable taxes)

Includes:

  • One (1) booth space
  • One (1) table and two (2) chairs
  • Two (2) registration passes
Registration Form

Travel Discounts

There are some discounts that can be accessed on air Canada and Westjet airlines. For the applicable codes, please email your request to our Symposium email address at 2018watersymposium@afn.ca.

*The average cost for a Taxi (one way) from the Ottawa Airport to the Hilton Casino Lac-Leamy is $45.00.*

Event Information
Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, First Nations Directors of Education Forum, which will be held February 20 to 22, 2018

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: 8FQHMX91

Applicable Rules
• The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
• The travel period begins February 19 2018 and ends February 23 2018.
• No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

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WestJet
Thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel needs. WestJet is pleased to offer you a 10% discount on applicable fares by utilizing coupon code UFUHOA5 with our simple online booking process. The discount is valid across WestJet’s extensive network for flights in to and out of Ottawa.

Booking details
To book reservations using this discount code, please advise your delegates and attendees to visit www.westjet.com; travel agents may visit www.westjet.com/agentweblink to book. Please note the following information for booking your flight online:

– Coupon code must be entered at the time of booking – on the first step of a reservation using the Book a flight widget on westjet.com.
– The 10% discount applies to all of our fare products, Econo, Flex and Plus on our entire flight network.
– The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees and charges are extra.
– The discount applies to the following travel period: February 19th 2018 to February 23rd 2018
– The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with our code-share, interline or other airline partners.

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Porter
Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Ottawa. The discounted fares are available for travel from February 19th to 23th 2018.

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.

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Via Rail Canada
This will confirm VIA Rail Canada’s participation as a major ground transportation company for your “First Nations Directors of Education Forum”

We are pleased to be a participant and would like to thank you for including VIA Rail Canada.

The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

VALID: February 19th to 23rd 2018
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
DISCOUNT: 5% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class fares.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the Assembly of First Nations’ VIA corporate discount code: 810994.

*The average cost for a Taxi (one way) from the Ottawa Airport to the Hilton Casino Lac-Leamy is $45.00.*

Event Information
Thank you for choosing Air Canada as the official airline for your event, First Nations Directors of Education Forum, which will be held February 20 to 22, 2018

This a promotion code for the convention product. To book a flight with your promotion code, access aircanada.com and enter your promotion code in the search panel.

Promotion Code
Your promotion code: 8FQHMX91

Applicable Rules
• The booking is to be made to the following city: Ottawa, YOW (ON)
• The travel period begins February 19 2018 and ends February 23 2018.
• No discount will apply to Tango bookings for travel within Canada or between Canada and the U.S.

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WestJet
Thank you for choosing WestJet for your travel needs. WestJet is pleased to offer you a 10% discount on applicable fares by utilizing coupon code UFUHOA5 with our simple online booking process. The discount is valid across WestJet’s extensive network for flights in to and out of Ottawa.

Booking details
To book reservations using this discount code, please advise your delegates and attendees to visit www.westjet.com; travel agents may visit www.westjet.com/agentweblink to book. Please note the following information for booking your flight online:

– Coupon code must be entered at the time of booking – on the first step of a reservation using the Book a flight widget on westjet.com.
– The 10% discount applies to all of our fare products, Econo, Flex and Plus on our entire flight network.
– The percentage-based discount is applied to the base fare only. Taxes, fees and charges are extra.
– The discount applies to the following travel period: February 19th 2018 to February 23rd 2018
– The discount only applies to flights marketed and operated wholly by WestJet, and is not applicable when travelling with our code-share, interline or other airline partners.

**************************************************

Porter
Porter Airlines is proud to offer a discount on available base fares (with the exception of the lowest class fare during a public seat sale) for travel to and from Ottawa. The discounted fares are available for travel from February 19th to 23th 2018.

Please book online at www.flyporter.com or through your travel agent using promo code AFN13.

***************************************************

Via Rail Canada
This will confirm VIA Rail Canada’s participation as a major ground transportation company for your “First Nations Directors of Education Forum”

We are pleased to be a participant and would like to thank you for including VIA Rail Canada.

The following are the details pertaining to your conference fare:

VALID: February 19th to 23rd 2018
TERRITORY: From all stations throughout the VIA system to Ottawa, Ontario and return.
RESTRICTIONS: Fare applies to a maximum of two passengers per booking.
DISCOUNT: 5% off the best available fare in Economy, Economy Plus, Business, Business Plus, Sleeper, or Sleeper Plus class. “Subject to the conditions and restrictions of the fare plan to which the additional discount is being applied.”
EXCEPTION: Discount does not apply in any Escape Class fares.
IDENTIFICATION: Participants must reference the Assembly of First Nations’ VIA corporate discount code: 810994.

Call for Presenters

Symposium attendees will include: First Nations leadership from across Canada; water technicians, Public Works department staff, other infrastructure technicians from First Nation communities; and, Consultants, Government officials and non-governmental entities with an interest in First Nation water issues.

Submission Deadline:  January 15, 2018 at 2:00 PM (Eastern Standard Time)

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Sponsors

As part of the event, the AFN is hosting a Trade Show, which is an excellent opportunity to showcase your innovative products and interact with First Nation leadership, administrators, public works technicians, non-governmental organizations, government departments, and businesses from across Canada.

PLATINUM $25,000
GOLD $15,000
SILVER $10,000

Learn More

If you are interested in being a corporate sponsor for the AFN National Water Symposium and Trade Show, please send an email outlining your interest to: 2018watersymposium@afn.ca

Contacts

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

General Inquiries
E-mail: 2018watersymposium@afn.ca
Phone: 1-866-869-6789

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Angie TurnerNational Water Symposium and Trade Show 2018

TECHNICAL BULLETIN – First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy

on August 17, 2017

“All First Nation members living on or away from their community have a right to shelter and they must be provided with an opportunity to access safe, secure, adequate and affordable housing.” (AFN: National First Nations Housing Strategy)

This Bulletin is an update from the Assembly of First Nations (AFN) on the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, a new approach to housing (including off-reserve housing) and infrastructure.

First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy

First Nations people must lead the development of a First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy to ensure the transformative change of housing and infrastructure is envisioned from a First Nations perspective. First Nations care and control of housing and infrastructure is the guiding principle.

First Nations are responsible for our members both on and off reserve. We need to ensure off-reserve housing is included in the scope of our Strategy, and we also need to include infrastructure as we can’t talk about housing without having the infrastructure to support it.

A new approach to meeting First Nations housing and infrastructure needs requires long-term sustainable investments and respect for regional perspectives and approaches. For example, First Nations north of 60 (Yukon and Northwest Territories) are not involved in the decision making process on how funds are spent for housing and infrastructure. As part of this transformative change, First Nations need to be involved in all decision making processes, and furthermore, funding needs to be flowed directly to First Nation communities for the care and control of housing and infrastructure.

The AFN’s Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure (CCoHI) provides political and technical guidance with respect to AFN’s engagement with Canada on housing and infrastructure related issues, thereby supporting the identification and development of strategies to better pursue a new approach to housing and infrastructure.

The Assembly of First Nations (AFN) is mandated pursuant to but not limited to resolutions, 70/2015, 74/2015, 96/2016, 98/2016 passed by the Chiefs-in-Assembly, to engage with the Federal Government on housing and infrastructure.

At the recent 2017 AFN Annual General Assembly held in Regina, Saskatchewan, a resolution was passed by the Chiefs-in-Assembly that directed the AFN and Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure to jointly develop, with the federal government, a Terms of Reference for the establishment of a joint Working Group that will develop a First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, which will include housing both on- and off-reserve.

This resolution further directs the AFN and the CCoHI to work in partnership with First Nations and the Government of Canada on the co-development of a strategic plan with short, medium and long-term objectives and outcomes, which will be implemented to contribute to the development of a National First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Strategy.

Next Steps

The AFN, Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastructure (CCoHI) and AFN Regional Housing Technicians are working towards developing a Terms of Reference with Indigenous and Northern Affairs Canada (INAC), and other federal departments and agencies with a mandate for housing and on-reserve community infrastructure (e.g. the Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Health Canada).

The Working Group will work towards obtaining and sharing information on First Nation views on a new approach to housing, including off-reserve housing and infrastructure. The Working Group will ensure First Nations leadership and their representatives’ take a lead role on the transformative change of housing and infrastructure as envisioned from their perspective and regional priorities.

The immediate work of the Working Group will be to develop the scope and parameters to assist regional engagement sessions so that information gathered will lead to the development of the First Nations Housing and Infrastructure Strategy.

First Nations led regional engagement sessions will commence over the summer and fall of 2017.

The AFN will continue to engage with First Nations at upcoming forums and think tank sessions to seek broader input from First Nations leadership, technician, regional organizations and other stakeholders on housing and infrastructure reform. A Housing Forum is being planned for October 30th to November 1st, 2017 in Montreal, Quebec.

Further information on these upcoming engagement sessions, AFN forums and think tank sessions will be posted on the AFN website.

For more information please contact Irving Leblanc, Director, Housing, Infrastructure and Emergency Services, ileblanc@afn.ca.

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Roy WhiteduckTECHNICAL BULLETIN – First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy
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