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    Jingeri & Welcome!

    "On behalf of the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples and the 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference Organising Committee, we are delighted to welcome you to the World Indigenous Housing Conference (WIHC), 20th to 24th May 2019 on the Gold Coast, Australia.

     

    The conference builds on the success of the 2012 WIHC held in Vancouver, Canada. We have developed a conference program that provides delegates with an important forum in which to discuss the housing needs of the world’s Indigenous peoples and develop practical frameworks and strategies to address these needs. Over the three-day period, First Nations global experts, governments, non-government organisations, industry and academia will share their experiences, knowledge and vision while engaging with delegates to build sustainable and meaningful long-term solutions. The focus will be on solutions, providing concrete opportunities for sponsors to build collaborative and innovative business partnerships to effect systemic transformation.

     

    The success of the conference is predicated upon the engagement of sponsors and delegates to ensure that the 2019 World Indigenous Housing Conference is a vanguard of sustainable change rather than an end in itself. "

     

    Mr. Rod Little & Dr. Jackie Huggins,
    Co-Chairs, National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples

     

    The World Indigenous Housing Conference acknowledges the traditional custodians of the lands in which we operate and pays respect to Elders – past, present and emerging.

  • WIHC at a Glance

    Trade Exhibition:

    • Exhibitors
    • Speaker Stage
    • Treaty Pavilion
    • Community Engagement
    • Food and Drink Outlets
    • Markets Stalls
    • Technology Hubs
    • Exhibitor & Speaker Lounge

      Conference:

      • Plenary Sessions
      • Concurrent Sessions
      • Panel Discussions
      • Networking Opportunities

      Cultural Immersion:

      • Community Visit
      • Family Program

      Functions:

      • Welcome Function
      • Dinner with Keynote Speaker
      • Dinner and Movie 'Utopia' with Q&A
      • Celebration of World Indigenous Cultures Closing Function
    • Focus Areas

      A Holistic and Health Based Approach from the Bottom Up

      Raising Housing Standards on a Global Scale

      Relocation, Displacement and Homelessness

      Indigenous Finance and Economic Development

      Global Indigenous Youth of Today

      The Architecture of Housing

      Community and
      Social Infrastructure

      The Effect of Housing on the Family Unit

      Health and Housing

      Affordable Housing

      Closing the Gap

      Disability, Rehabilitation and Mental Health

      Impacts of Inappropriate Housing and other Social Determinants

      Government Involvement – Australia and Globally

      Sustainability of Indigenous Housing Provider Systems

      Land Tenure, Land Divides and Reconciliation

      Wrap Around Services, Rental Housing and Tenancy Management

      Impact of Climate Change on the external Environment, Housing and Communities

      The Procurement Process and Tender Support

    • Organising Bodies

      National Congress of Australia's First People

      The National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples (NCAFP) is the peak representative body for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Peoples. Established in 2010, Congress has grown steadily and now comprises over 180 organisations and almost 9,000 individual members, who elect a board of directors.

       

      Congress advocates self-determination and the implementation of the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous peoples. Congress believes that Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people should be central in decisions about our lives and communities; in all areas including our lands, health, education, law, governance, and economic empowerment.

       

      To date, Congress’ main focus has been in the areas of health, education, land and sea rights, justice, Constitutional recognition, and sovereignty. Congress has additionally been involved in a wide range of other issues, including cultural maintenance and development; government relations; employment and economic empowerment; housing; family violence; children and youth; disabilities, and governance.

      National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Authority

      The Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Housing sector appreciates and supports the work being facilitated by the National Congress of Australia’s First Peoples in the establishment of the National Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander Housing Authority (NATSIHA).

       

      NATSIHA will provide much needed advocacy for our people and our Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Community Housing Sector who are continually overlooked when deliberations and decisions are being made that impact and affect their communities and the clients they serve.

       

      Aboriginal housing in Australia has never had or enjoyed the direct support of a “collective voice” that is given by a specific Peak representative body that is totally independent of government and bureaucracy. NATSIHA will function as a conduit and deliverer of training, capacity building, advocacy and general promotion and sharing of “best practice” from and within the social housing system.

    • International Strategic Advice and Support Group

      Global network of Indigenous housing groups coming together to oversee the conference.

      Members are:

      • Gary Oliver, CEO, National Congress for Australia’s First People [Australia]
      • Ivan Simon, Chairperson, National Aboriginal Torres Strait Islander Housing Association [Australia]
      • Margaret Pfoh, CEO, Aboriginal Housing Management Association [Canada]
      • Cheryl A Causley, Executive Director – BMHA, Bay Mills Housing Authority, Chair Great Lakes Indian Housing Association [USA]
      • Jason Adams, Executive Director, Salish & Kootenai Housing Authority [USA]
      • Mellor Willie, Executive Director, Chee Consulting [USA]
      • Yvette Carolyn, CEO, Bush Grapevine Innovations [Australia]
      • Andrew Leach, Board Chairperson, National Aboriginal Capital Corporation Association [Canada]
      • Rau Hoskins, Chairperson, Te Matapihi [New Zealand]
      • Anthony Walters, Executive Director, National American Indian Housing Council [USA]
      • Victoria Kingi, Company Director, Papakainga Solutions Limited [New Zealand]
    • Learn More

      Redfern Statement

      In 2016, National Congress established a coalition of Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander organisations with expertise in their area. In June 2016, the Redfern Alliance launched the Redfern Statement. This Statement emphasises the need for governments to consult with us in developing policies which impact us. The over-arching call is for greater self-determination for our people. Our slogan is ‘We have the solutions.’

       

      LEARN MORE...

      The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples

      "The United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples is a foundation stone for policy and advocacy pursued by the National Congress of Australia's First Peoples"

       

      LEARN MORE...

      Closing The Gap

      Have a read of NATSIHA's Submission on the Closing the Gap Refresh - Targeting Housing and Homelessness.

       

      LEARN MORE...

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