The deaths of two homeless inuit, swept by cars in Montreal, unworthy of citizens and community organizations, the lack of resources for those homeless more numerous on The Plateau-Mont-Royal.
Wednesday afternoon, dozens of people gathered at Cabot square to pay tribute to Kitty Kakkinik, the young inuit woman who died on the 28th of last July, hit by a car on The Plateau-Mont-Royal.
We also honored the memory of Dinah Matte, another aboriginal woman killed by a motorist who fled, a few weeks earlier, in Westmount.
The emotion was palpable, and many could not hold their tears as they shared memories of the two women.
“These [people experiencing homelessness] are left to themselves in the street, they are treated in an inhumane manner ! They lack essential services such as water, or even toilets, so that it is the basic ! It is necessary that the elected representatives do something, ” urges Andrée Deveault, a resident of the neighbourhood of Milton-Park.
For Nakuset, executive director of the Native Women’s Shelter in Montreal, the different governments must be activated to meet the needs, ” because there are people, women, who die at this time in the street.”
5000 meals per day
“Every day for the past several months, we are in the street to distribute 5000 meals per day, seven days per week. We give clothing, we do everything because we know that people are in the street. So, when is the City going to do to open safe places for all these people ? “asked Nakuset.
On The Plateau-Mont-Royal, even if the needs are growing, only the organization The Open Door welcomes the homeless during the day, Monday to Friday, to give them a moment of respite.
A lot of homeless people have followed the organization, previously located at Cabot square, to continue to have access to the services that it offers, and this has had the effect of increasing their presence in Milton-Parc.
Nothing the night
Day, “[the homeless] can come from 7: 30 to 17: 30 to take a shower, a meal, or take a nap, ” says Clementine Mwabange, a caseworker of the agency.
But in the evening, there is nothing. Then, some remained in the area and use the entrance doors, the underside of stairs or balconies, to spend the night.
Alex Norris, district councillor, Jeanne-Mance, ensure to be aware of the situation and promises that the Borough is working “hard” for several years to address the problem.
“There is still much work to be done, one is conscious of it. These are full-fledged citizens who deserve our compassion and our support, ” he acknowledges.