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On November 20th, the BCMF research team members and community leaders attended the Housing Central Conference in Vancouver. The conference featured a variety of sessions and workshops on topics such as housing accessibility, homelessness, indigenous housing issues, and more. The urgency of the housing crisis, rental scarcity, rising costs and homelessness was abundantly clear at this conference.
Conference attendees were hearing hopeful words from sector leaders and government officials like “inclusion”, “reconciliation” and “partnering with others”. In spite of these sentiments, the sector is struggling with efforts to decolonize their work, amidst government inaction, competition for scarce government resources, and a lack of willingness among some stakeholders to engage in partnerships, share power and build new relationships.
For Métis, the reality is that Métis local voices are not prominent in these spaces and their lived and living experiences remain unheard.