CBC News, May 8, 2022 (With comments from BCNPHA CEO Jill Atkey.)
A group that oversees Indigenous housing and service providers in B.C. is calling on the federal government to fund its new housing strategy, saying there is a need for more than 20,000 units of Indigenous housing over the next 10 years.
Earlier this year, the Aboriginal Housing Management Association, which consists of 55 Indigenous housing and service providers across the province, released a report detailing a strategy to build and repair housing for Indigenous people in B.C.
CEO Margaret Pfoh says the association’s plan would ensure the housing that is built is culturally appropriate with places for ceremony and room for everyone.
“We live together, we stay together, we support each other and so the housing needs to recognize the value of extended family,” she said Friday at an event in Langford, on southern Vancouver Island.