How has Colonialism led to Homelessness in Montreal?

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How has Colonialism led to Homelessness in Montreal?

Elisapee Pootoogook, a 61-year-old Inuk elder and homeless woman was found dead Saturday morning in Montreal. She found at the construction site of a condominium building near Cabot Square. She is speculated to have froze to death after being chased out of Atwater metro station, where she typically spent cold nights to keep safe from the cold.

Not the first homeless person to have possibly froze to death this year, after Raphael "Nappa" Andre froze to death in a port-a-potty in the Milton Parc neighbourhood

Innu homeless man who froze to death in a port a potty in the Milton Parc neighbourhood.

Project Coordinator of Resilience Montreal David Chapman joins the show to discuss how colonialism, notably the 60's scoop and residential schools, have led to a large number of Indigenous people being homeless in the city of Montreal and how the city needs to recognize its colonial history and generate change.

Dying on the streets is not the only risk homeless people face, as Ricochet journalist Christopher Curtis joins Local 514 to discuss other risks homeless people face, including sexual violence, overdose and COVID infection.

In this episode we also explore how the city is doing little to support the situation, as Chapman voices concern over the re-election of Mayor Valerie Plante and what her party will do to reduce homelessness, as the number of homeless people in the city has doubled since the start of the pandemic.

He also discusses how homeless people are being pushed from one neighbourhood to the other. In the case of Elisapee, he says the neighbourhood of Westmount does not want to support homeless people, but where else can they go? Local 514 investigates... 




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Video Upload Date: November 18, 2021

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