I have a few comments on some of the bullet points on page 2. These are just some thoughts, so do with them as you will. I'm wondering whether adding a bit of detail to those, maybe an extra bullet or two, might be helpful. Others can weigh in and say if they think that's inappropriate.
It says, “identify best practices, innovative solutions, and technologies”. I want to add “culturally relevant housing models”. I've been reading stuff from the “For Indigenous, By Indigenous National Housing Strategy” report that's been developed, and I think what we're looking at is a distinction-based, culturally appropriate response. We have to stay open and attentive to how some of our presuppositions on this might not be true in the context of indigenous peoples in communities. That's one comment.
My other comment is about a stakeholder group that I think should be included, the service providers. As we know, the best-practice model in much of the supportive housing is about integrating lots of other services into housing. Housing doesn't stand alone, so looking at those perspectives is going to be important.
I know from my work in social innovation for many years that mapping stakeholder groups throughout this process.... Maybe out of this study there could be a list of partners that could be drafted or collected. That contact information could potentially be utilized in the future when we implement something that comes out of this.
The other thought I have is about financing models and whether there are any opportunities for innovative financing within indigenous communities.
The only other comment, which I think we talked about in the subcommittee, is maybe we should be getting a briefing early on, on any relevant data that's out there. I've been reading, and something that stands out to me in this report is that 87% of indigenous people do not live on first nation reserve land, which highlights the real importance of the work we're undertaking here. Data like that is really useful, and it would be great to have a briefing, or whatever could be provided for all of us to get up to speed on this issue and start together.