Nakuset, Executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter of Montreal and co-director of Resilience Montreal
We worked so hard this year in Resilience Montreal! We collaborated with an architect in order to turn our new locales into a welcoming space where our beneficiaries will feel free and safe. Our goal is to welcome various social workers, medical professionals, and psychologists on a daily basis. We’ll also organize ceremonies and offer classes.
They’re the ones suffering the most from the housing crisis and gentrification. Homelessness issues have only increased with the pandemic and curfew. People no longer know where to go. All the shelters are full. Following the death of Raphaël André, I organized a fundraiser in order to install a heated tent in Cabot Square and be able to offer meals from February to April. Every night, the tent would welcome close to a hundred people.
Every Friday this summer, there will be activities promoting First Nation cultures. The public will be able to discover Indigenous dancing, music, and artisanal crafts. It’ll be a gathering of all downtown communities. It’s an opportunity to build bridges and, especially, to break the homelessness stigma too often associated with members of our Native communities. The public will be able to change their vision and discover just how resilient these communities are.