By Alex P. Vidal
VANCOUVER, British Columbia — The 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference (WIHC) will be held on June 11-15, 2012, with the breathtaking Coast Mountains as a backdrop for the event, reported the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), host of the five-day conclave.
AHMA said the WIHC is the first international forum to bring Indigenous housing leaders, senior government officials, researchers and corporate heads from around the world together to learn from best practices, build a global network, and showcase Indigenous cultures.
Participants will have the opportunity to share expertise and build powerful connections with this influential arena of leaders from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, developed countries that share common Indigenous housing experiences.
Stimulating speakers, workshops and presentations will explore five key themes: Sharing Our Stories, Governance and Capacity Building, Government Partnerships, Housing as a Determinant of Health, and Disaster Preparedness.
Senior government leaders will exchange ideas on how to advance Indigenous housing self-management in different jurisdictions. Housing managers will share a spectrum of achievements in governance and capacity building. Indigenous leaders will reveal best practices.
Policymakers will explain ways to ensure sustainable solutions and infrastructure. And a rich cultural exchange, with vibrant traditional and contemporary Indigenous entertainment, is part of the package.