First, I'm sorry that you got such a strong backlash to your comments when you did not understand why what you said would be so controversial. Colonialism is a very touchy subject here, and it sparks a lot of anger on both sides. I highly urge you, and everyone else who has not yet done so, to take the University of Alberta's free online course Indigenous Canada. And if you're in the Edmonton area, you should also spend some time at Fort Edmonton Park's exceptional Indigenous Peoples Experience.Ok maybe some of my words too faisty. I just noticed some comments right away catching on "up north" as a racist thing even though I didn't have anything on my mind. I even didn't grow up in Canada. So I don't know some things but on the other hand I don't feel handicapped by all sensitivities regarding some topics.
So from my observation money doesn't solve the problem. Where I grew up, it was probably ten times poorer country at that time but we didn't have a homelessness issue the way North American cities have. The part I find problematic is the normalization of everything that is not normal. Some kind of social contract is breaking down. And social contract supposed to hold the line that we all are trying to be productive members of society or otherwise we feel societal pressure and negative consequences. By normalizing drug use, homelessness etc we basically are saying too bad but that's ok what you do, that's not your fault.
I find that logic problematic. I would rather say we have a social contract, or you try to be a productive member of society and we help you or we help you anyway even if you don't want that because we are also responsible for you because you are member of our society.
As people would get chance to at least think about their life after initial phase, they could find meaning of life. Many are empty lost souls. They need mentors, hobbies, belonging to some group. But instead of giving that we treat them as super individuals. Because that's "good" in our society. But, just maybe, belonging to a group and place is better than being a broken individual.
And I still stand by my words that current system doesn't work.
And if north is not good then let say some place in Nicaragua with surfing, ocean and palms etc might be good enough and would greatly cut costs. But I know you will tell me that's not possible because.. you believe social contract does not apply to individuals. Go figure
That's a very good question; it is not intended to distinguish between housing forms and homes. I first learned of the term 'houseless' from Mayor Sohi. He tweeted that he would start using that term instead of homeless at the request of some local Indigenous Peoples.Why did we move from saying "homeless" to "houselessness".
Are homes not important too?
We should be striving to create homes for all, not mere housing.
Hmmm. This is very problematic. It is definitely not more acceptable for indigenous people to be homeless than others because "the land is their home". If that is not soft-racism, I don't know what is.That's a very good question; it is not intended to distinguish between housing forms and homes. I first learned of the term 'houseless' from Mayor Sohi. He tweeted that he would start using that term instead of homeless at the request of some local Indigenous Peoples.
They argued that even when Indigenous Peoples are suffering from houselessness, the local area — Amiskwacî, which means Beaver Hills in Cree — is still their home. I guess it's just meant to help foster a sense of belonging for them (but I should note not an acceptance of their situations as acceptable to remain in), so I started to use it too. I still tend to go between the two, but I remain aware of the connotations that the different terms have for a not-insignificant number of people in the region.
Some of you might think it just sounds performative, so please keep in mind that I did not bring it up until asked, and I'm not asking anyone else to switch terms either.
You're misunderstanding it. It's not saying that it's more acceptable for them to be homeless. Keep in mind, I said this in my post: "I should note not an acceptance of their situations as acceptable to remain in". Around five percent of our population is Indigenous, but Indigenous Peoples make up around half of our houseless population [source].This is unacceptable of course, and it is rooted in the racist and genocidal policies that Canada implemented since it was a country, and that it continues to implement to a certain extent.Hmmm. This is very problematic. It is definitely not more acceptable for indigenous people to be homeless than others because "the land is their home". If that is not soft-racism, I don't know what is.
Stevenson can't even reply back to emails in a timely manner. I sent one to her 2 weeks ago to her and I'm still waiting for a response
to be fair, "That's not a wise investment of our funds," Stevenson said. "That level of investment for three months for what is in any measure not a preferred solution or outcome, doesn't seem to make a lot of sense."She has enough time to try to quash Qualico's project here or propose spending $2.5M for a camp for 60 homeless people for 3 months...
medical costs alone were estimated to be $72 444 per person per year for transiently homeless people to $134 642 per year for chronically homeless people for calgary in 2006. they’re probably similar similar in edmonton and likely quite a bit higher in 2022. these are direct costs, not indirect costs including longer response times and longer wait times, policing and justice system costs, increased maintenance and insurance costs for the public and private sector, theft, lost work by victims, lost business costs etc. https://www.cmajopen.ca/content/5/3/E576That's roughly $140.000 per year per homeless person.