The Government of Yukon met with housing sector representatives and community stakeholders at the Yukon Housing Summit 2021 on October 5 to 6 to identify solutions and actions that address the Yukon’s key housing pressures. The summit raised awareness about housing complexities and challenges unique to the territory and provided a platform to create new partnerships focused on an increase to the housing supply.
The action-packed summit saw participation from approximately 100 delegates from governments, First Nations governments, development corporations, First Nation development corporations, private developers, non-profits, and municipal and community representatives. Acknowledging housing success stories, delegates were asked to present ideas that further enhance the housing continuum with the goal of concluding the event with new partnerships and opportunities.
Key opportunities include:
- Continued partnerships with First Nations development corporations to increase housing options in communities and in Whitehorse;
- Potential development of a Community Land Trust that would present a new model of affordable home ownership in the Yukon; and
- Yukon First Nations who are exploring models for homeownership on Settlement Land.
A review will be held in eight months to report on progress on the commitments from the Summit and successes.
The Housing Summit was an incredible opportunity to speak with key stakeholders on the housing priorities for our community and innovative solutions we can work on together. These conversations have paved the way for strong partnerships and key actions on housing solutions by community leaders and stakeholders. I commit to regrouping with our responsive partners in eight months to discuss updates on the results that will make a real difference for Yukoners.
Minister responsible for Yukon Housing Corporation Ranj Pillai
The hybrid summit allowed for community housing leaders and advocates across the Yukon to attend in person, or virtually, aligning with COVID-19 safe protocols.
The summit was designed to allow an open exchange of ideas. Pitch presentations that were made to highlight areas for innovation and development; and how to meet those needs.
Keynote presentations were made by Kaaxnox, Dän nätthe äda Chief Steve Smith of the Champagne and Aishihik First Nations, City of Kelowna, Rural Development Network and Klondike Development Organization on different facets of housing.