Help Wanted!

by DanielaSpinelli on April 17, 2014 - 5:42pm

An article on CBC titled “Montreal Homeless Native Population Rising, Shelters Say” was posted on December 9, 2013 which address that Montreal resource centers are struggling to provide for the continuously rising homeless aboriginal population. Today, the population continues to increase while the shelter space decreases. This article specifically reports that the Montreal Chinatown center Projects Autochthones du Quebec (PAQ) had to purchase an additional fifteen beds to make the shelter’s capacity slightly larger. PAQ’s project director, Adrienne Campbell, mentions that the shelter is housing many new aboriginals that claim to have traveled from the northern Quebec Inuit communities. The news article sets out to bring attention to the overgrowing aboriginal homeless population and the lack of aboriginal shelters. The homeless aboriginals are desperately trying to escape the violence against them but have yet to achieve a sense of community they yearn for.

Since the aboriginal homeless population has continued to rise for years, I believe it is necessary to tackle the issue as to what Montreal, specifically, can do to provide a solution. PAQ’s Adrienne Campbell mentions that the shelter has difficulty finding staff and volunteers to help provide services for the participants in the shelter. For example, there is a shortage on those who can help serve meals. I believe that there should be more awareness in the media so that those who are interested in lending a helping hand can identify which shelters need volunteers. In addition, I think more shelters and centers should be available to aboriginals considering they play a big role in Montreal’s history and population.

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