Grew-up on reserve
Youth Experiencing Homelessness in Winnipeg
73% have been homeless for 6 months or longer in their lifetime.
A lot of programs attack problems, but you guys need to attack the roots of the problems. Not an overnight thing, the review process takes time. EIA, Justice, CFS, Addictions etc., they all play a role in homelessness. Every problem in the city interconnects with one another.
- Youth Focus Group Participant
We need to sit down and learn from each other. I would prefer programs that sit with you, help you find a place so you learn independence.
- Voice, 16
I wasn’t taught about my culture, that would have been a huge help.
There should be more support after things go ok.
- Youth, 16
Lots of programs will refer you to other programs and you’re always sent somewhere else. Or when you’re in the programs they put you through hoops and make it impossible for you to accomplish what they want you to do.
- Youth, 16
The Winnipeg Plan to End Youth Homelessness will be a guide on what is needed in Winnipeg, based on community consensus and the voices of youth. It will be used by community organizations who serve youth, policy-makers, funders, and decision-makers, to support and work with each other in addressing the complex social and economic challenge of youth homelessness.
A city where all youth have a safe place to live and thrive
To prevent and end youth homelessness by implementing a community sanctioned strategy that ensures youth and their families have what they need to thrive
The principles and values that form the foundation of this plan are connected to, and should be understood in the context of, the Seven Sacred Teachings.
None of the goals or objectives should be considered in absence of the teachings and values; they are the laces that interweave to hold the skin on the drum frame. If one lace is loose or missing, the sound loses its resonance.
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