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.
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