Indigenous Peoples and Homelessness

“Homelessness amongst Indigenous Peoples can be traced back to historical trauma, oppression, racism and discrimination. Homelessness amongst Indigenous Peoples should be considered as a consequence resulting from Canada’s history of colonization and exploitation of Indigenous land and populations. Significant abuse and cultural trauma occurred through the use of residential schools to house and educate Indigenous children.”

26% of the Ridge Meadows homeless population count themselves as indigenous or aboriginal**   “Urban Indigenous Peoples experience homelessness at a disproportionate rate and make up a significant percentage of people experiencing homelessness in cities. Research shows that Indigenous homelessness in major urban areas ranges from 20-50% of the total homeless population, while others have reported that the range may be much wider, at 11-96%.”

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We recognize the unceded and traditional territories of the Katzie and Kwantlen First Nations.  We respectfully acknowledge the many nations who are represented by the urban Indigenous population in the Ridge Meadows Community.

** Source:  BC Non-Profit Housing Association