The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Solutions Lab aims to create housing measures for local housing programs rooted in northern Indigenous knowledge and experience.
The focus on the development of appropriate measures in this lab will disrupt the existing on-reserve housing system. Reframing the role of First Nations from beneficiary of government programs to co-creators of their future living environments will reveal policy and program design changes and the potential for improved built environment and lived experience outcomes.
Key Findings / Key Goals
Create housing needs assessments and tools that take into account the diversity of First Nations people and communities.
Determine local housing needs among the Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN).
Develop housing action plans at the community and regional level based on local needs and indigenous experiences.
Project scope and expected outcomes
How will the Lab be conducted?
The Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) Solutions Lab expands on a project addressing the housing needs of these First Nation members. The lab focuses on determining these needs at the community and regional levels, recognizing the relationship between housing and experienced well-being.
As part of the project, participants will visit 6 Nishnawbe Aski Nation communities to understand member experiences with housing. Workshops will collect feedback from youth, Elders, Chiefs, Council and other members on the types of housing and services they want.
More community visits and workshops will provide a sense of unity and agreement on priorities for action among the First Nations. Regional, advisory and local labs will also include training and mentorship to allow local institutions to support each other as they put in place their new housing systems. The lab will develop a supporting toolkit to replicate the process across First Nations in northern Canada.
Solutions Lab Lead:
Nishnawbe Aski Nation
Infrastructure & Housing Director
Thunder Bay, Northern Ontario
Matawa First Nations Management
Windigo First Nations Council
Together Design Lab at Ryerson University
NAN Housing & Infrastructure
NAN Elder's Advisory Council
NAN Women and Youth
NAN Chiefs Committee on Housing and Infrastruture
NAN Health Transformation
NAN Environment, Energy and Climate Change
NAN Social Development
Get More Information:
- Michael McKay, Infrastructure & Housing Director at firstname.lastname@example.org
- Contact CMHC at email@example.com
- Visit the National Housing Strategy’s Innovation and Research Section