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‘It means a lot to me’: 1 year later, tiny homes in this B.C. community are making a big difference


Since moving into his first home, Lance Alexander has gotten a job at a nearby mine and is living what he calls “the clean life.” (Andrew Kurjata/CBC)

Tiny homes pilot project combats homelessness in north-central B.C.

By Andrew Kurjata, CBC News, Oct 29, 2017

A small house has made a big difference for Lance Alexander.

“Got a stove and a fridge, little table and futon,” Alexander said, pointing around the 320-square-foot space. Read the rest of this entry

Federal study shines new light on homeless Indigenous people, veterans

canada-land-of-the-homelessNumber of homeless Indigenous people disproportionate to population percentage

By Jordan Press, The Canadian Press, August 30, 2016

Fewer beds remain empty each night in Canada’s emergency homeless shelters as users stay days, sometimes weeks, longer than they did a decade ago, even as their overall numbers decline.

Within that population of almost 137,000 shelter users are nearly 3,000 veterans and up to 45,820 are Indigenous people, a group over-represented in homeless shelters compared to their percentage of the general population in every community looked at in a newly released federal study.

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Homeless Inuit abused by Montreal police, photographer alleges

Photo by Michael Morris.

Photo by Michael Morris.

Police appoint aboriginal liaison officer to improve relationship

By John Van Dusen, CBC News, Sept 4, 2015

When Michael Morris was visiting Montreal this summer to photograph a graffiti festival, his focus turned to the city’s homeless population. In particular, the city’s homeless Inuit population.

Morris honed in on an area around the Cinema du Parc complex.

“I would see them getting off of buses, off of police buses in the morning,” he said.

“Anytime they would try to sit down, security would start harassing them.

“Police would hog-tie them in chains, beat them up, knock them out, choke hold them, all those different things. And just basically abused them,” he alleged. Read the rest of this entry

First Nations people make up 30 per cent of Vancouver’s homeless

But aboriginal people make up only two per cent of city’s entire population

Mike Howell, Vancouver Courier, October 15, 2013Vancouver homeless

The news, again, is not good for the city’s aboriginal community: 30 per cent of homeless people quizzed about their heritage in the City of Vancouver’s annual homeless count identified themselves as aboriginal. Read the rest of this entry