On this inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, we recognize and reflect upon the tragic history and ongoing legacy of the Canadian residential school system. Up until 1996 over 150,000 children were forced to attend residential schools across Canada. Thousands, estimates range from 3200-6000, didn't return home, and those who did were left with the effects of severe, persistent trauma.
Phoenix stands in solidarity against anti-Asian racism and we strongly denounce racist and violent attacks against Asians in Canada and around the world. Please read our full statement below.
In 2020, Phoenix contracted Ren Thomas, Urban Consulting and Research to better understand the housing crisis in the Halifax region for youth and to study promising housing models for potential development as part of the Bedrock Project.
The Housing for Youth Research and Modelling Study draws on information from youth at various stages in their housing journey, housing and housing service providers from across Canada, Phoenix staff, and grey literature from a variety of sources to clearly paint the current housing picture and identify potential paths forward.
In recognition of the 20th anniversary of National Housing Day (November 22, 2020), shelter providers Adsum for Women & Children, Out of the Cold Community Association, Phoenix Youth Programs, and Shelter Nova Scotia are jointly issuing a statement on the current state of housing in our community.