Indigenous Community Advisory Board

Call for Volunteers


Call for Volunteers


The Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership, Indigenous Community Entity - Hamilton for Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, has issued a call for Letter of Interest submissions from Indigenous (self identifying First Nations, Metis & Inuit) community members of Hamilton to join the Indigenous Community Advisory Board. 


The Indigenous Community Advisory Board (ICAB) is responsible for setting the direction to address Indigenous homelessness in Hamilton.  Collectively, ICAB responsibilities include:

  • Gathering relevant information related to Indigenous homelessness to identify community priorities to address Indigenous homelessness in Hamilton

  • Assessing and recommending projects for funding to the Indigenous Community Entity (CHIL)

  • Supporting the Indigenous Community Entity (CHIL) to plan and coordinate a community-wide effort to prevent and address Indigenous homelessness

  • Developing terms of reference and other policies and procedures central to fulfilling the responsibilities of the Indigenous Community Advisory Board


Indigenous community members interested in becoming a member of the Indigenous Community Advisory Board, must:

  • Identify as having Indigenous ancestry (First Nations, Métis, or Inuit)

  • Reside in the municipality of Hamilton, including Ancaster, Dundas, Flamborough, Glanbrook, Hamilton, and Stoney Creek

  • Not currently or within the last year been employed, contracted or otherwise in service with a local Indigenous agency currently receiving Reaching Home funding

    • This includes staff, board members and immediate family members (such as spouse, common-law partner, children, etc.)

  • Commit to a two-year term of membership - September, 2021 through March, 2024).  This commitment includes attending meetings, training sessions and fulfilling other duties such as reviewing reports and research.

  • Be familiar with, or willing to learn, consensus-based decision-making

  • Be familiar with, or willing to learn, basic computer use such as receiving and sending emails, reviewing documents, reading spreadsheets and tables, etc.

Experience & Knowledge:

Recognizing the complexity of experiences and causes of Indigenous homelessness, the ICAB benefits from a broad spectrum of knowledges, experiences, and expertise, within and beyond the homeless sector.  Indigenous community members with lived, personal, and/or professional experiences in:

  • Local Indigenous cultures,

  • Homelessness,

  • Education & training,

  • Health, 

  • Justice,

  • Social services,

  • Violence against women,

  • Child welfare, and beyond are encouraged to apply.


Indigenous community members of Hamilton interested in becoming a member of the ICAB are invited to submit a Letter of Interest outlining:

  • Name and contact information

  • Indigenous identity

  • Area of knowledge, experience, expertise, and other relevant information

  • Understanding and/or familiarity with Indigenous homelessness

Letter of Interest must be received via e-mail by **EXTENDED until filled**

To submit a Letter of Interest or for more information, please contact:

Coalition of Hamilton Indigenous Leadership

ATTN: Pete Doolittle, Reaching Home Project Lead

Email address: