Innovative Approaches to Housing and Homelessness Conference will be held on Wednesday November 28th, 2018 at the Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon. Please join us for a day of learning and sharing about affordable housing and homeless service initiatives in our city and across the country.



Jesse Thistle is Métis/Cree/Scot from Prince Albert, Saskatchewan. In 1979, after some tragic circumstances within his nuclear family, he was taken in by his paternal grandparents in Brampton Ontario and grew up there. Jesse is happily married to the love of his life Lucie Pekarek-Thistle and is planning to have a family, fingers crossed. Jesse completed his undergraduate degree at York University, MA in History at the University of Waterloo and is currently pursuing a PhD at York University. Jesse is also a researcher and the National Representative for Indigenous Homelessness for the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness. Jesse was awarded the Governor General's Silver Medal in 2016 and is a Trudeau and Vanier Scholar. His work involves researching and working with contemporary Métis communities that are suffering from the effects of intergenerational trauma - mainly the Batoche area of Saskatchewan and the Temiskaming of Northern Ontario. As a consumer survivor of the streets, jail system, and addictions, Jesse keenly understands through lived experience Canadian social injustice and works at helping in those areas when and where time permits.


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REGISTRATION IS REQUIRED: Please email to confirm the first and last names of the attendees you are purchasing tickets for.

Date and Time: Wednesday November 28, 2018 9:00am - 3:00pm
Location: Travelodge Hotel Saskatoon, 
106 Circle Drive West
Saskatoon, Saskatchewan
S7L 4L6

Conference Cost: 
Earlybird tickets (by October 1st): $30.00 (including fees)
October 2nd: $40 (including fees)

Earlybird Table of 8 (by October 1st): $210 (including fees)
October 2nd: $280 (including fees)

Lunch, snacks, and coffee are included in the cost.If you have special dietary considerations or accessibility needs, please email

Some sponsored positions for individuals or organizations who face financial bariers to attending are available. Please contact us.

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The Innovative Approaches to Housing and Homelessness Conference is Presented by Canada Mortgage and Housing Corporation (CMHC), Affinity Credit Union, City of Saskatoon, and Saskatoon Housing Initiatives Partnership.