AFN National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo welcomes commitment to First Nation housing by Habitat for Humanity Canada

OTTAWA, Nov. 22, 2011 /CNW/ - Assembly of First Nations (AFN) National Chief Shawn A-in-chut Atleo today expressed his appreciation at the opportunity to join the National Leadership Council for Habitat for Humanity Canada. The National Leadership Council will lead an advocacy effort to work towards building safer, decent and affordable housing in communities around Canada.

"Creating safer and healthier First Nations communities is one of our biggest challenges as First Nations leaders. While there is no question that our fundamental relationship is with the Crown established by Treaty and other agreement, working with Habitat for Humanity Canada brings new opportunity for First Nations to work with others to help address the housing crisis in our communities," said AFN National Chief Shawn Atleo. "First Nation participation with this dynamic organization is a positive step forward in addressing our housing issues."

Existing on-reserve housing programs do not come close to meeting the required needs of First Nations citizens. Despite some additional housing construction, the shortfall and backlog for housing units appears to be growing, not getting smaller.

"I look forward to working closely with President Stewart Hardacre of Habitat for Humanity Canada. The National Platform on Affordable Housing will play a key role in raising awareness and understanding of all Canadians on the need for affordable housing in First Nations communities. We are hoping that this housing initiative will create new options and opportunity for First Nations peoples in this country to realize their full potential in all areas, including education, health and the economy."

The Assembly of First Nations is the national organization representing First Nations citizens in Canada. Follow AFN and National Chief Atleo on Twitter @AFN_Updates, @AFN_Comms and @NCAtleo.


For further information:

Jenna Young, AFN Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 401 or cell: 613-314-8157 or

Alain Garon, AFN Bilingual Communications Officer 613-241-6789, ext 382 or cell: 613-292-0857 or

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