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NAN Housing Strategy

On September 19, 2018, Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN) and Ryerson’s Together Design Lab announced an innovative new collaborative housing partnership - the NAN Housing Strategy.


This three-year project will create occupant-focused housing need assessments, determine local housing needs, support First Nations’ right to self-determination in their housing system, and develop housing action plans at the community and regional level.


Centred around First Nations knowledge and lived experience, the Strategy will develop community relevant housing indicators in order to support and advocate for First Nations in the planning, governance and design of their housing systems.


Goals of the NAN Housing Strategy:


  • Creating occupant-focused housing needs assessment tools and reports for each community to be used as an advocacy tool.
  • Developing value-driven, long-term housing solutions.
  • Establishing knowledge sharing peer-support networks that support local housing experts.


The NAN Housing Paper has been developed in response to the development of the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy, led by the Assembly of First Nations and Indigenous Services Canada.


Download NAN Housing Position Paper: Nishnawbe Aski Nation response to the First Nations National Housing and Infrastructure Strategy