Why is there such a large percentage of Indigenous people experiencing homelessness on their own traditional territory?
I started working for Homeward Trust Edmonton in June of 2017 at Find Furniture Bank as a delivery driver/warehouse person. I had recently moved to Edmonton from Red Deer in search of a bigger music scene and was just starting to get my foot in the door with a few venues and started to surround myself with like minded musicians. I never thought a simple delivery driving job would change me in such a profound way.
I spent the next five years of my life at Homeward Trust in many different positions. I started as a Housing Locator, then a Housing Outreach Worker, an Indigenous Cultural Support Coordinator for an Indigenous Permanent Supportive Housing program and finally Landlord Support. I saw family members on the streets. I saw the effects of intergenerational trauma every day I worked as a frontline helper on the streets of #YEG.
I wrote this album to shine a light on Indigenous homelessness and each song is a different moment in time in someone’s healing journey. Spotify Pre-save