McGill University’s Aboriginal Sustainability Project and the Post-Graduate Students’ Society (PGSS) is proud to announce that we will be hosting a discussion with Assembly of First Nations’ Senior Nations’ Senior Policy Advisor on Housing and Infrastructure, Dewey Smith:


‘Housing Policies for First Nation Communities’

Stemming from the Attawapiskat Benefit Concert, last December, a commitment was made to continue the dialogue in First Nations’ Housing policy across Canada.

We will be joined by the Assembly of First Nations’ Senior Policy Advisor on Housing and Infrastructure, Dewey Smith. He will discuss the current housing policy, and answer questions to know why communities do very well, and others do not, in the case of Attawapiskat.

Dewey Smith is a committed Aboriginal professional with extensive experience, background and knowledge in all matters of housing, both On and Off Reserve.  He has demonstrated an ability to provide services in the development of concepts, strategies and policies that build the capacity of First Nation peoples, communities and organizations.

He is currently a Senior Policy Advisor for the Assembly of First Nations where he provides analysis of current issues on housing and infrastructure to the Office of the National Chief and the AFN Housing and Infrastructure Secretariat.  This includes strategies for planning and building the necessary social, financial and technical that any First Nation needs to develop to achieve sustainability.  The key to all of these efforts has been to facilitate the exploration of the options and opportunities involved in making an informed decision on a future direction for First Nation green and sustainable housing.

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Wednesday, April 4

2:00pm – 4:00pm


Ballroom, Thomson House

McGill University