Regina Treaty / Status Indian Services Opening Emergency Shelter as Alternative to Outdoor Camp

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Regina Treaty / Status Indian Services Opening Emergency Shelter as Alternative to Outdoor Camp

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by ahnationtalk on November 16, 202178 Views

In association with Regina Treaty / Status Indian Services (RTSIS) and the Government of Saskatchewan, the City of Regina is announcing the establishment of an emergency indoor shelter as an alternative to the temporary outdoor camp in Core Community Park.

The City of Regina recognizes and respects that any effort to address the challenges of homelessness in our community must be Indigenous-led in order to be successful. Under the management of RTSIS, this emergency shelter will begin operations on Monday, November 15, at 10 a.m.

“Forty beds at this new emergency shelter will provide current camp residents and others who need shelter with a safe, warm alternative to their outdoor tents or circumstances, and access to other support services,” said Erica Beaudin, Executive Director of RTSIS. “Over the next few days, RTSIS will be on site at the outdoor camp, to work one-on-one with residents, as we plan for a successful transition from the dangerously cold conditions of the outdoor camp into the warmth of the emergency shelter.”

The physical space for the emergency shelter was secured under the terms of a lease agreement between the City of Regina and a third-party private owner. The City has ensured the emergency shelter meets all fire and life safety requirements, and that appropriate amenities are in place to meet the needs of individuals and RTSIS.

“The opening of this emergency shelter allows RTSIS to lead a safe, respectful transition for outdoor camp residents,” said Mayor Sandra Masters. “We appreciate the continued support of the Province and the ongoing efforts of our Fire, Police and Transit services. Throughout the transition, the City will continue to prioritize the health and safety of everyone in and near the camp. I look forward to continued collaboration with all stakeholders as we work towards addressing homelessness within our City.”

The emergency shelter is made possible with funding support from both the City of Regina and the Province of Saskatchewan. The City has agreed to provide the facility, and the Government of Saskatchewan is providing up to $500,000 in funding to RTSIS to provide emergency shelter services to individuals in need.

“The Government of Saskatchewan is pleased to support this community-driven initiative,” Social Services Minister Lori Carr said. “Addressing the issue of homelessness is a group effort among different levels of government and community-based organizations. This partnership is an example of how we must work together to connect people to the services they need, whatever those services may be.”

The City would like to thank the owner of this indoor space for their co-operation, as well as all other stakeholders involved in the effort to find, open and manage operations of this emergency shelter. As RTSIS now accepts responsibility for this Indigenous-led project, the City acknowledges that this emergency shelter was made possible thanks to the collaborative effort made by many individuals, organizations, and governments.


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