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Whose Metrics? Creating community-based indicators to reimagine First Nations housing systems

Whose Metrics? Creating community-based indicators to reimagine First Nations housing systems is a 2018 Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada Partnership Development Grant led by Dr. Shelagh McCartney and project partners Nishnawbe Aski Nation (NAN), Michael McKay, Director of Housing and Infrastructure at NAN, Dr. Janice Barry (University of Waterloo), Matawa First Nations Management, Windigo First Nations Council, and Eabametoong First Nation. Project partners and collaborators also include  Dr. Judy Finlay (Ryerson University), and Mason White (University of Toronto). 

Currently a standardized approach to housing metrics, Core Housing Need, is used to determine housing need across Canada. This project will work with communities to develop their own housing tools to identify and assert their housing priorities, needs and solutions. Community-determined measures of success will reflect the values, goals, aspirations, and lived experiences of each community and will be used to support self-determination of housing systems.

Official project launch in Fall 2018.

Changing metrics can change policies

+ What is a culturally-appropriate way to determine satisfaction in housing?

What are the differences between existing, standardized measures and community-based evaluations and their findings?

What does community-based methodology contribute to
understandings of on-reserve lived experience?

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This research is supported by the Social Sciences and Humanities Research Council of Canada.