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May 11 2015

We can end homelessness

I listened with interest to comments made by Minister Brad Cathers in the legislature on Monday, April 27, regarding the recent forum on vulnerable persons hosted by Kwanlin Dun First Nation and the City of Whitehorse. In response to a question from NDP MLA Kate White, Cathers listed a number of initiatives that the government is currently supporting. He went on to say that a representative of the Yukon Anti-Poverty Coalition said “that there are a lot of supports and investments available,” which might leave the public with the impression that everything is well in hand and that we just need more “collaboration and connection.” I would like to clarify the four basic comments I made at the forum and reiterate that although continued collaboration and connection is important, what we really need is a community commitment to end homelessness.