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Indigenous Homelessness in Surrey

Part 1: Research Report on Indigenous Homelessness in Canada

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Research shows that Indigenous peoples are disproportionally affected by homelessness within urban settings with some studies estimating that one in 15 urban Indigenous individuals experience homelessness on a given night compared to 1 in 128 of the general population. 

As part of the Finding Our Way Home project, an environmental scan was completed which included a review of publicly available literature on urban Indigenous homelessness and interviews with leaders in three communities working to address urban Indigenous homelessness: Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness in Victoria, Lii Michif Otipemisiwak Child and Community Services (LMO) in Kamloops, and Coalition to End Homelessness Winnipeg. The following individuals were generous enough to participate in an interview to help us understand how initiatives in other communities are working: 

  • Crystal Laborero – CEO – Winnipeg Indigenous Executive Circle 
  • Fran Hunt-Jinnouchi – Executive Director – Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness Society 
  • Jason Whitford – President and CEO – End Homelessness Winnipeg 
  • Jody Kidder – Manager of Operations – Lii Michif Otipemisiwak 
  • Justene Dion-Glowa – Indigenous Youth Support Services Team Lead – Lii Michif Otipemisiwak 
  • Lissie Rappaport – Housing Supply Manager – End Homelessness Winnipeg 

The focus of this research was to answer the following questions:

  • What is Indigenous homelessness? 
  • What are the causes of and contributing factors to Indigenous homelessness? 
  • How are communities in Canada working to prevent, respond to, and support people exiting homelessness?
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All Our Relations: Honouring the Host Nations

SUILC recognizes that we operate on the unceded, ancestral, traditional and current territories of the Kwantlen, Katzie, Semiahmoo, Kwikwetlem, Qayqayt, and Tsawwassen First Nations.