Dear Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness members,
Our rescheduled Annual General Meeting (AGM) will be held on July 27th, 2018 at the Songhees Wellness Centre (1100 Admirals Road) from 11:00 am to 1:00 pm.
There are three elected director positions to be voted on: Elected Director position 1: 1 year term; Elected Director position 2: 2 year term; and Elected Director position 3: 3 year term.
You must be a member in good standing if you want to nominate a member to stand for election. This means that you have paid your fees for the 2017/2018 membership year before you send in a completed nomination form (contact email@example.com for the form). Please note that under the new BC Societies Act, the nominee must consent in writing to be nominated and must meet the qualifications to be a director as specified in the Act and in our bylaws. To meet these requirements, you and the nominee must sign the form before you send it to us. We must receive the completed, signed form by no later than the end of day Friday, July 13th .
You must be a member in good standing for 2017/2018 in order to vote at the AGM. This means that you must have paid for your 2017/2018 membership before the AGM starts. If you have not already done so, you can pay for a new or renewed membership at the door. If you are representing a Corporate Member, you must have written approval from the organization to vote on their behalf.
Please contact firstname.lastname@example.org for the Individual and Corporate membership forms.
Please email the filled out form(s) to: email@example.com. You can also send the form(s) by mail or drop the form(s) off at our office at 465 Swift Street, Victoria, BC, V8W 1S2.
On November 1, 2016, the ACEH engaged Aboriginal individuals experiencing homelessness in a focus group over a nutritious lunch. This focus group was a follow up to the “Vision for Our Future” discussion which took place in April 2016. Three groups of 6 to 7 participants shared their experiences and insights on the following themes:
Table 1: Police and aboriginal relations was identified as a concern in the ‘Vision for Our Future’ report. What if any experiences have you had with the police? Are you willing to provide input into how an Aboriginal Police Liaison would be most helpful for you?
Table 2: What supports are needed and will be most helpful for you?
Table 3: Please tell us about your experiences with rental property managers/owners?
The ACEH appreciates the members of Aboriginal street community who shared their experiences. Thank you to Bernice Kamano and Coreen Child for facilitating a table discussions.
The first annual Aboriginal Coalition to End Homelessness AGM was held on Oct 6th at the Esquimalt Big House. Thank you Chief Thomas and Marianne Thomas for welcoming us to your territory and thank you to everyone who helped to make the AGM a success. We graciously recognize the contributions of organizations and individuals who supported the ACEH and especially our monthly ‘Building Community’ meals/events. Please take a moment to view the images from the event on our facebook page.
This video was created after the Gathering in 2015 at the Esquimalt Longhouse to ‘lift up’ the Aboriginal Street Community and bring our leaders together to discuss housing challenges, cultural specific strategies to address the barriers, and to take a united stand.
Thank you to each person who participated and supported us and thank you Chief Thomas for hosting us. We have made considerable strides to date but there is much work still to do. Our people are hurting and we must show them that we care and that we are taking action.
The ACEH acknowledges our partners across Vancouver Island who assist in collecting essential data that allow us to frame the challenges and potential solutions facing Aboriginal individuals experiencing homelessness.
On August 16, 2016, a group of 25 Aboriginal individuals experiencing homelessness departed Our Place for a day on the Tsartlip Reserve. We would like to thank Fraser Smith, the Elder, from the Tsartlip Band for hosting a wonderful lunch and allowing our community members a relaxing day at the beach. Pictures to follow.
The Aboriginal Coalition to End Homlessness is pleased to collaborate with CIRCLE, an Indigenous specific research group at the University of Victoria. CIRCLE and the ACEH are undertaking participatory research to identify cultural supports that exist and work in supporting Aboriginal individuals experiencing homelessness transition to housing and move forward on their path to wellness. Preventing and ending homelessness involves more than just providing individuals with a home, it includes a holistic sense of wellness with cultural and community connections at its foundation.
The research will also identify gaps in terms of cultural supports and the findings will be shared with service providers in hopes to improve their capacity to meet the needs of Aboriginal individuals experiencing homelessness. Our goal is to provide evidence to community/service providers of the necessary cultural supports which reduce homelessness for Aboriginal persons.
Building upon the research, will be the development of “Life Plans” with a cohort of 20 Aboriginal individuals who have experienced chronic homelessness. The “Life Plans” will be created by participants with support of ACEH staff and establish individualized goals and strategies as determined by participants.
The ACEH gratefully acknowledges the Victoria Foundation for funding this research project.