Elders & Knowledge Keeper Circles: A Summary of Indigenous Housing & Case Management Engagement Sessions

The Indigenous Health, Housing and Homelessness Committee (a collaboration between the Aboriginal Standing Committee on Housing and Homelessness and the Collaborative for Health and Home) is in the process of developing a harm reduction housing model for Indigenous people. In order to accurately understand the most effective and culturally appropriate approaches, a review of the previous 20 years of Indigenous housing work and an environmental scan of Canada were conducted. The Elder and Knowledge Keeper Circles were intended to inform, from the wisdom of the Elders, recommendations that would be most effective regarding the future development of a program model. The Elders and Knowledge Keepers were gathered for three sessions and asked a total of nine questions guided the direction for the committee in developing a culturally relevant and appropriate housing program for Indigenous peoples experiencing homelessness and housing scarcity.

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