Right to Housing Panels

Filmed during the conference “From the Ground Up” at the Canadien Centre of Architecture in Montreal the 12-13-14 april, 2019

Opening of From the Ground Up with Lorena Zarate & Saki Hall

OPENING STATEMENT AND PLENARY WITH LORENA ZARATE & SAKI HALL: TRANSFORMING CITIES FROM THE GROUND UP

Presentation of the Milton Parc Community (Montreal)

Dimitri Roussopoulos (Milton Parc Citizens’ Committee)
Alanna Dow (the Milton Parc Community, CMP)
Nathan McDonnell (Co-coordinator of From the Ground Up, & Vice-President of the Milton Parc Citizens’ Committee)

Presentations of the Cooperation Jackson (Mississippi) by Saki Hall and of the Habitat International Coalition (Mexico) by Lorena Zarate.

Lorena Zarate is the President of the Habitat International Coalition, a global and independent network for rights related to habitat. She will speak about community-led housing justice in Latin America.

Saki Hall is the Founding Member of Cooperation Jackson, an African-American led organization in Jackson, Mississippi, promoting economic democracy, community ownership, and ecology through a network of cooperatives and citizen assemblies.

Animators: Dru Oja Ojay & Louise Constantin


Panel “Co-op Housing & Community Land Trusts in Canada”

CO-OP HOUSING PARTICIPATION IN COMMUNITY LAND TRUSTS IN CANADA

Housing co-operatives and their member associations seem to be deeply embedded in the Community Land Trust movement in Canada. With only about 25 land trusts in Canada today, the majority include some type of co-op housing participation. We will introduce a couple of Canadian community land trusts at various stages of their life-cycle. Let’s explore the synergy and differences between the models. How can your co-op begin to pool resources through community land trusts in your neighbourhood, city or province? What are some advantages to housing co-operatives in participating in a land trust? We’d like to hear your perspectives.

Expect this session to be interactive!

Speakers:
Melissa Estable (CHF Canada), Céline Carrière (CHASEO), Daniel Trudeau (Milton Parc Community) and Thom Armstrong (CHF BC, BC CLT).


Panel “The Future of the Coop Housing Movement”

WHAT IS THE FUTURE OF THE COOPERATIVE HOUSING MOVEMENT?

How can housing cooperatives develop links with each other and build a collaboration with the broader cooperative movement and socio-political struggles to transform society? The cooperative movement in housing is organized to be locally dynamic and a social movement of importance. Where do we stand after nearly 50 years of cooperative development?

This panel explores as much on the preservation of built heritage as on social issues related to living together and perspectives for the future.

CHAIR:
Norma Rantisi (Concordia), Louise Constantin (Advisor on associative and political affairs, Federation of housing cooperatives in metropolitan Montreal – FECHIMM), François Dansereau-Laberge (Intercoop Verdun, President of the Parc Therrien housing coop) and Josh Hawley (co-editor of “Villages in Cities: Community Land Ownership, Cooperative Housing, and the Milton Parc Story” (Black Rose Books, 2019), MA researcher at Queens’ University)


Panel “The Right to Housing & Community Control of Land”

THE RIGHT TO HOUSING THROUGH THE COMMUNITY CONTROL OF LAND

Stéphan Corriveau (RQOH), Joshua Barndt (PNLT, Toronto), and Thomas Armstrong (BC CLT, CHF BC, Vancouver).

Josh Barndt is the Executive Director of the Parkdale Neighborhood Land Trust, a community-based organization that acquires land for affordable housing, supportive housing, urban agriculture, and community economic development in Parkdale, Toronto. Josh Barndt will speak about the advancements and innovations in the community land trust movement across Canada.

Stéphan Corriveau has a long history as an activist in international solidarity and social development. He is the Director General of the Quebec federation of non-profit housing organizations (RQOH), with 1 200 member groups, which collectively provide 50 000 housing units.

Thom Armstrong is the executive director of The Co-operative Housing Federation of BC and the land trust BC CLT which is currently constructing 2 000 units of housing on land donated by the City of Vancouver.


Panel “Indigenous-led Solutions to Forced Displacement in Montreal and the Story of Homelessness in Toronto”

INDIGENOUS-LED SOLUTIONS TO FORCED DISPLACEMENT IN MONTREAL AND THE STORY OF HOMELESSNESS IN TORONTO

Nakuset is the executive director of the Montreal Native Women’s Shelter (MNWS) and was an invited speaker at Real Talk on Race, a TV series on CBC. She presented on the processes of forced displacement and solutions to support indigenous populations, in particular with Cabot Square Project and the Native Women’s Shelter project to provide social housing to indigenous women and their children.

Bob Rose (PNLT, Toronto) is a very long-term resident, local historian and activist social worker in Parkdale. His presentation, Inside or Outside: Toronto’s Homeless and Housing Displacement Crisis discussed how the City of Toronto is experiencing the largest homeless crisis in its history with 9000 people exposed to the risks of street engaged homelessness. CE À TORONTO

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