Please feel free to review the ACEH Strategic and Business Plan which was finalized in September 2015. This document outlines our mandate and action plan for 2015-2016.
We are now accepting membership applications. To request an membership application via email please contact Kate Longpre at firstname.lastname@example.org
Individual Membership – $1.00
Corporate Membership – $5.00
Please note: To run for a director position with the ACEH member must be in good standing 30 days prior to the AGM. Our first AGM will take place on October 6, 2016.
Membership application forms will also be available at the AGM (location, TBD).
Check out the summary of our Building Community Events.
At a Sharing Circle on April 5, 2016, Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi facilitated a discussion with 30 Aboriginal people from the Victoria Street Community. They were invited to attend to learn the results of the Homelessness Partnering Strategy Project Survey (HPS) and to give input into a Vision for Our Future.
The participants were asked where they want to be within three years, what barriers they might face, and what would help them on their journey forward.
Specific, meaningful and culturally appropriate initiatives are needed to deal with housing and supporting Aboriginal individuals, families and communities. This report sets out the beginnings of an Aboriginal strategy to address issues of housing and homelessness in the Capital Regional District.
The Finding-Our-Path report emerged from a forum that engaged key members of the Aboriginal community and others in sharing knowledge and strategies to address the housing needs of Aboriginal peoples in the Capital Regional District. Co-sponsored by the Coalition to End Homelessness and the University of Victoria, Faculty of Human and Social Development, the forum particularly sought to respond to the urgent issues of homelessness and under-housing among Aboriginal peoples.
The ACEH is pleased to share with stakeholders our Year One Priorities. The information summarizes our key focus areas and initiatives within each area.
An Aboriginal Strategy
Four Posts of the Big House
In the Finding Our Path (2010) report the image of a Coast Salish Big House provides the framework for the Aboriginal Housing Strategy. Big Houses have four corner posts, each providing a different perspective and support to the House.
For the Aboriginal Strategy, each post represents one component or strategic initiative needed. All four posts are equal in urgency and importance and together provide the structure for Aboriginal housing in our community.
The vision for the strategy that was developed at the forum is at the centre of the House, providing the warmth, the fire that unites us in this work.
The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homeless (ACEH) was featured in the Victoria Foundation’s Pulse, Summer 2016 issues. The ACEH is an initiative supported by a $100,00 grant from the Victoria Foundation with the aim of providing culturally relevant solutions to homelessness among the region’s Aboriginal population. For more information please see the ACEH feature in the Grant Spotlight on page 12-13.
Media coverage on the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness
Members of ACEH are in the stages of finalizing the agenda for the Gathering on April 15. On March 16th, ACEH had a meeting at Our Place Society (OPS) with community members who are currently experiencing homelessness. Alongside organizing the cultural performers from Coast Salish, Kwakwaka’wakw, Nuu-chah-nulth, and Métis communities, we are working with community members to prepare for the Gathering in different ways. At our meeting in OPS, we wanted to gauge community members’ feelings towards attending the Gathering.
On February 11th, the Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness, in partnership with Island Health Aboriginal Health as the host organization, held a breakfast at Kirk Hall (situated on unceded traditional Coast Salish territory) for Aboriginal community members currently experiencing homelessness. The event was a success and drew over forty individuals from the community, who were served scrambled eggs, toast, jam, fruits, bacon, coffee and tea. The event began with an Elder who welcomed everybody at the event. The Island Health staff that generously dedicated their time to this event, as well as donated all of the food, had seamlessly prepared the breakfast so that immediately following the Welcoming Ceremony, they were able to serve the community members a warm breakfast. The community members were also given a take-away bag of fruit and granola.