SPRC CHEERS HISTORIC INVESTMENT BY CITY OF HAMILTON IN INDIGENOUS-LED POVERTY REDUCTION INITIATIVES
The SPRC presented to the General Issues Committee of City Council last week our newest report “Intergenerational Trauma and Aboriginal Homelessness: An introduction for service providers and community members”. This report explores what intergenerational trauma is, how it relates to historical treatment of Aboriginal Peoples, and how the effects persist to this day, including effects on homelessness. The report also offers insights into ways mainstream organizations can join in the reconciliation process, help to heal families and communities, and move forward in a relationship of trust, dignity and respect between Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities.
The report was presented to City Council as part of the SPRC’s support for the city’s investment $1 million annually over 10 years for Canada’s first Indigenous-led poverty reduction strategy. The programs across Hamilton that will be delivered by HEDAC-member agencies (Hamilton Executive Director’s Aboriginal Coalition) as part of this strategy address intergenerational trauma in multiple ways, including through cultural programing, advocacy and supports for tenants and survivors of domestic violence, housing stability assistance, and youth employment and engagement programs.
The SPRC salutes the city of Hamilton for this investment. Not just words but concrete actions towards reconciliation are needed across Canada, and we celebrate that Hamilton has taken leadership in this way and we hope will continue to as it continues to implement the Hamilton Urban Indigenous Strategy.