Fifty plus years ago, as expressions of self-determination and self-governance, our communities created the first urban and rural Indigenous organizations across Canada.

Fifty days ago, we challenged the government to ensure Canadian federal policy is consistent with international human rights standards by recognizing Indigenous peoples’ right to housing as enshrined in, and indivisible from, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples and the International Covenant on Economic, Social and Cultural Rights.

Five key demands were presented to government that chart a path towards effectively addressing the egregious conditions of urban, rural, and northern Indigenous homelessness and housing inadequacy. Our challenge calls on the Government to take action on Indigenous homelessness in urban, rural, and northern Indigenous communities, as an urgent matter of human rights, consistent with the National Housing Strategy Act, 2019.

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