The Toolkit and Guide were created by Kíkininaw Óma: the Strategy to Support Unsheltered Winnipeggers. The Strategy group is facilitated by End Homelessness Winnipeg with representation from the City of Winnipeg, first responders, outreach workers, homeless-serving agencies and people with lived experience of homelessness. Kíkininaw Óma can be translated as “This is our Home Here” from Cree. The Toolkit and Guide are launching in advance of the group’s Strategy to Support Unsheltered Winnipeggers report, planned for release later in June.
Homelessness is an increasing public concern in Winnipeg and for communities across Canada. This is reflected in increasing news and media coverage in recent years. People experiencing homelessness face stigma and discrimination on the basis of their housing status, and sometimes, this is reflected in coverage on homelessness. By empowering media with facts and guidelines for reporting on homelessness, human rights can be better protected, and the public interest can be better served. By empowering communities to intervene in positive ways, individuals experiencing unsheltered homelessness can be more rapidly connected to available supports.
Download the Media Toolkit in .pdf format here.
The Guide is also available in .pdf format on a white background here.