The Aqanttanam Housing Society is a Non-Profit, Low-Income Housing Society for Indigenous and Non-Indigenous people.
The primary purpose of the Society is to manage and maintain not-for-profit rental housing for low income persons of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Ancestry who are homeless or on the verge of being homeless and require safe and affordable housing.
The Society was originally incorporated under the Society Act on July 6, 1992.
The Board of Directors consists of members of Aq’am and there are 6 directors of the Society.
Staff consists of the Executive Director, the Administration Officer and two Tenant Relations staff.
The office is presently located at 520A Hurry Ave NW, Cranbrook, B.C.
“Aqanttanam Housing Society provides support and services to their tenants, primarily of indigenous ancestry, living in low income and affordable housing, who strive to establish their own access to honour and achieve their housing stability.”
ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society is a Ktunaxa informed and led, Independent Housing Society, within ʔamakʔis Ktunaxa, focussed upon meeting the diverse needs of housing vulnerable populations, now and into the future, with low income and affordable housing opportunities.
The following are core statements about what the people involved in the organization believe, and communicate to those outside of the organization about what is important to ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society.
Collaborative: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society seeks out skills to complement Staff and Board abilities including partnerships in support of its tenants—“we are all in it together”.
Commitment: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society is invested in the success of tenants who address their housing needs.
Continuity: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society continues the work to support its growth in response to housing needs for Indigenous Peoples and other housing vulnerable populations both across time and place.
Culturally Grounded and Responsive: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society follows Ktunaxa values and principles and aims to be participatory in its decision making and Governance.
Dedication: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society is dedicated to meeting the original intentions for the organization: to ensure Indigenous Peoples and other housing vulnerable populations have quality housing opportunities, into the future.
Independence: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society encourages tenants to become self-sufficient in meeting their long term housing needs.
Investment: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society invests in tenants AND the evolving housing market responding to needs and opportunities.
Motivated: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society and its Staff are motivated towards actualizing a long term vision for itself AND their tenants.
Respect: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society and Staff acknowledge and respect the diverse spectrum of tenants they house.
Self-Determination: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society models for tenants the importance and the actions to becoming independent.
Transparent: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society policies, procedures and practices are reviewed regularly and are maintained.
Visibility: ʔaqantⱡanam Housing Society is a visible leader in Cranbrook and the local region.