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Vancity Sponsors World Indigenous Housing Conference

Vancity Sponsors World Indigenous Housing Conference

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Vancity is based in the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people. As a financial services co-operative, we work in partnership with First Nation government and Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations to help build stronger communities. Learn more.

February 3, 2012 - “We are excited to announce that Vancity has signed on as a $50,000 Gold Sponsor of the 2012 World Indigenous Housing Conference, being held June 11-15, 2012, in Vancouver, British Columbia,” says Andrew Leach, 2012 WIHC Director and Chief Executive Officer of the Aboriginal Housing Management Association (AHMA), which is coordinating the conference. “This is the first international event to bring Indigenous housing leaders, politicians, policymakers, researchers and corporate leaders from around the world together to learn from best practices and build a global network.”

“Our vision of redefining wealth calls on us as a financial cooperative to contribute to the financial, environmental and social well-being of the communities where our members live and work, “says Stewart Anderson, Manager of Aboriginal Banking at Vancity. “Working in partnership with AHMA to support the World Indigenous Housing Conference is a perfect fit and one that is aligned with our values. We operate within the traditional territory of the Coast Salish people and work in partnership with local First Nations, the Métis community, and Aboriginal not-for-profit organizations to support community development and independence. We believe this event will foster positive lasting change and build the wealth of Indigenous communities in BC, Canada, and around the world.”

An outstanding lineup of international leaders in Indigenous housing will cover five key themes at the conference: Sharing Our Stories, Governance and Capacity Building, Government Partnerships, Housing as a Determinant of Health, and Disaster Preparedness and Response.

The 2012 WIHC focuses on Indigenous housing providers from Canada, the United States, Australia and New Zealand, because these developed countries share common housing experiences and have established infrastructure. Consequently, the knowledge exchange at the conference—Sharing Our Stories; Sharing Our Successes—is expected to help enable Indigenous people around the world achieve self-sufficiency and prosperity.

Read the full press release.

Press release courtesy of Aboriginal Housing Management Association.


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