The first step to ending homelessness in Regina was taken on Friday morning.
Regina’s Plan To End Homelessness was launched at the downtown YMCA.
One of the city’s most vocal supporters for ending homelessness, Mayor Michael Fougere, was in attendance for the launch.
He said it’s good to see a plan being developed to address this issue.
“We see alignment of all the service providers who agree this is the way to go,” said Fougere. “So, very heartened, very pleased to see we’re moving forward with a plan of action.”
The consultants leading the project, the Canadian Observatory on Homelessness, Turner Strategies and A Way Home Canada, presented the idea of an Indigenous based solution to ending homelessness.
Alina Turner, Principal of Turner Strategies, says in prior projects with similar aims she worked on, it’s been an big part of addressing the issue and it will be here in Regina, as well.
“Through a healing and reconciliation lens, apply that to the leadership,” she says. “Who’s on the committee, who’s leading the work, who’s voices are part of the program design, how do we design programs with a healing lens.”
“So taking what we know works, but indigenizing it from the local perspective and with an Indigenous led approach.”
The consultants are expected to have a plan completed by the fall.