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Indigenous Homelessness in Surrey Executive Summary 2022

Part 2: What We Heard Report


This document represents what we heard through the Finding Our Way Home engagement process. Engagement was conducted between May and July 2022.

The purpose of this engagement was to better understand the needs of Indigenous individuals and their families experiencing homelessness in Surrey and to identify strategic recommendations for better serving these needs in community.

In service of our purpose, the following guiding principles were used throughout the engagement process:

  • Relational approach’s that centre respect, transparency, honesty, humility and that honour relationships will be upheld. These approaches will promote and uphold Indigenous ways of knowing and being and support the self-determination of the local Indigenous communities.
  • Application of First Nations Principles of OCAP (ownership, control, access, and possession), including the following:
  • Compensation for sharing stories and experiences of people with lived experience was based on best practices at $25 per hour (cash). In addition, tobacco ties were offered where appropriate in addition to compensation to honour the time and energy participants are sharing with us.
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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.