Thunder Bay, ON, May 4, 2011 - The Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy Housing Action Circle is pleased to present an Aboriginal Housing Forum in the City of Thunder Bay.
Today the gathering is being held to engage the community in discussions about the current housing issues facing aboriginal people in the city, and explore recommendations to move forward. Throughout the forum, participants are focusing on the review of four local and regional reports that were recently released. They include:
Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy Planner, Frances Wesley says; “In 2004 we did consultations with the community and it was identified then that lack of affordable housing was a huge barrier for aboriginal people. This is what we continue to hear today; Housing affects almost every aspect of our lives such as education, health, and employment. Today’s forum provides people with an opportunity to think and discuss how we can move forward as a community. These reports all have crucial steps and recommendations and we need to identify the key priorities within the Urban Aboriginal community”. A recent survey done by the Thunder Bay Urban Aboriginal Strategy Housing Action Circle, titled The Community Snap Shot Survey, identified a need for increased single-dwelling subsidized housing and the need for improved supports for navigating the system. Wesley continues; “A family support worker would be ideal to help families through the process and provide much needed additional support.”