Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative

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Cando is a national Indigenous organization involved in Indigenous community economic development.

Cando is working in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada (ISC) to deliver the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII). Cando coordinated the Accelerator Launch Event, held in January 2020, and is now managing all funding agreements with partners and selected innovators.

Danielle Stanley is leading Cando’s work on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative, with the support of Elizabeth Calahaison and Jessica Sanderson. Cando’s communication team, lead by Paul Macedo, is also working in partnership with Indigenous Services Canada to share updates publicly about the progress of selected projects. 


Background and Resources

The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII) is a five-year $36M federal program funded by Indigenous Services Canada and Infrastructure Canada, developed under the auspices of the Privy Council Office Impact and Innovation Unit and being delivered in partnership with the Council for the Advancement of Native Development Officers (CANDO).

The Initiative aims to find and support First Nation, Inuit and Métis Nation innovators who have housing ideas for rural, urban or remote Indigenous communities. Selected innovators could receive funding for both the development of their ideas and the implementation of their projects.

The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative is based on a simple yet powerful idea: that the best solutions come from those who live the problem every day. Residents of Indigenous communities understand the housing-related challenges they face. The Initiative aims to tap into this understanding and inspire Indigenous peoples to propose and develop effective solutions. 

The Initiative funds ideas that come from Indigenous communities of all sizes across the country - urban, rural, remote, on and off reserve. The goal is to find ways to make it easier for Indigenous peoples to live in safe, appropriate homes.

Of the 342 applicants, an Indigenous Steering Committee selected 24 projects led by Indigenous Innovators to participate in the Accelerator phase where innovators will spend up to 18 months refining their project ideas. Project ideas that meet eligibility criteria will access additional funding to support implementation. The Accelerator period is supported by a number of partners. Progress over this phase will be posted on the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative Circle hosted on the Indigenous Clean Energy platform.

The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative aims to support First Nation, Inuit and Métis Nation innovators who have housing ideas for rural, urban or remote Indigenous communities. Selected innovators could receive funding for both the development of their ideas and the implementation of their projects.

The initiative is based on a simple yet powerful idea: that the best solutions come from those who live the problem every day. Residents of Indigenous communities understand the housing-related challenges they face and the Initiative taps into this understanding to inspire Indigenous peoples to propose and develop effective solutions.

IHII is funding ideas that come from all Indigenous communities - First Nation, Inuit, Métis Nation - of all sizes from across the country - urban, rural, remote, on and off reserve. Our goal is to find ways to make it easier for Indigenous peoples to live in safe, appropriate homes.

24 Innovators selected for the Accelerator period.

A message from the Indigenous Steering Committee

Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative Circle Portal



Join the Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative (IHII) Circle

A community of practice for those addressing the housing
needs of Indigenous people in Canada.
 
     *  Monthly learning webinars 
     *  Helpful resources - including a project assessment tool to 
        help you assess the readiness of your community project 
     *  Discussion forums

 https://icenet.work/spaces/25/ihii-circle/home 

 


The Indigenous Homes Innovation Initiative is funded by
Indigenous Services Canada and Infrastructure Canada.