The Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre wants to better understand the housing experiences of Urban Indigenous residents living in Smithers, Houston, Telkwa & the surrounding area. Sharing your knowledge with us will help the Dze L K’ant Friendship Centre to better understand your housing needs and shape future development projects. 

This survey is voluntary and anonymous, and you are welcome to skip questions as not every question will apply to you.

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* 1. CONSENT: I give my consent to have my answers recorded. I understand that my responses will be anonymous and will be used only for the purposes of assisting with information on housing needs and developments.

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* 2. Where do you currently live?

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* 3. Do you identify as Indigenous? This includes First Nations, Metis & Inuit. 

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* 4. How old are you?

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* 5. What is your gender?

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* 6. Do you have children?

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* 7. What Nation are you from?

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* 8. What band do you consider to be from?

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* 9. Do you currently rent or own your home?

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* 10. Where are you staying tonight?

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* 11. How long have you been staying there?

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* 12. Do you consider this place your home?

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* 13. Please feel free to describe your current housing situation/tell your story.

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* 14. In the past year, have you stayed at any of the following? Select all that apply.

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* 15. If you are staying in temporary housing, can you stay long term?

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* 16. If you are staying in temporary housing, how long do you think you'll be able to stay at your current location?

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* 17. In total, how many different times have you experienced temporary housing (or similar) sort of living situation over the past year?

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* 18. Do you change your place of residence on a seasonal basis (living situation, community, and/or province)?

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* 19. How many people regularly live in the home?

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* 20. How many bedrooms are in the home you live in?

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* 21. Do you have your own bedroom?

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* 22. Are you related to anyone in the household where you are staying?

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* 23. There is a long history of child apprehension and removal of children from Indigenous families. Has your family been impacted by any of the following? Please select all that apply:

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* 24. How do you feel the above systems have impacted you and your family? On a personal and/or intergenerational (parents, grandparents), feel free to share your experience. This includes mental health (grief, loss, depression), health challenges (diabetes, heart disease, cancer, substance abuse), etc.

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* 25. Have you/your family (including your extended family) experienced any of the following housing challenges? Please select all that apply.

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* 26. How have these challenges impacted you/your family? Select all that apply.

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* 27. What types of Urban Indigenous housing do you think are most needed? Select all that apply.

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* 28. What is your dream home?

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* 29. Would you like to rent or own your home?

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* 30. What type of housing do you want to live in?

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* 31. How many bedrooms would you like in your home to meet your family needs?

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* 32. How important are the following features to consider in creating safe & culturally supported Urban Indigenous housing?

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Central location - walking / biking distance to shopping and services
Feeling safe & secure in personal space
Personal space is designed to support cultural activities, such as canning fish, drying meat & feasting goods
Common areas can accommodate larger gatherings, events & workshops
Support services are easy to access and available
On-site Indigenous-focused programming is available
Access to quality outside space, such as a kids play area, green space, gardening plots and gathering spaces
Environment (community) that respects, supports, and celebrates my culture
Home that accommodates northern living needs & storage

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* 33. From your experience or other places where you've seen Indigenous housing work well, do you have other ideas on features to consider in creating safe and culturally supported Urban Indigenous housing? If so, please share.

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* 34. Would you/your family make use of any of the following supports in a future Indigenous housing development? Select all that apply:

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* 35. What kind of spaces would you like to see included in a future Indigenous housing development? Select all that apply:

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* 36. If affordable and culturally safe housing was available in every community, where would you and your family prefer to make your home?

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* 37. How would safe and culturally supported Indigenous housing contribute to a good life for you/your family and your culture?

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* 38. Are there any personal stories about you/your families housing experience you’d like to share for possible inclusion in the study? You can write below or contact the Friendship Centre for a one-on-one interview.

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* 39. Thank-you for helping us! The Dze L K'ant Friendship Centre wishes to honour your time to complete this survey. Please provide your contact information below to ensure we can do this. As a reminder, your responses will be anonymous. Your personal information will not be associated with your responses or shared with any third parties.

We will be sharing the final report on the Friendship Centre’s website and social media in early 2022.

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