End Homelessness Winnipeg has relaunched a Media Toolkit for Reporting on Homelessness and an updated Guide on What to Do if encountering someone experiencing unsheltered homelessness.
The Toolkit and Guide were created by Kíkininaw Óma: the Strategy to Support Unsheltered Winnipeggers. This strategy 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 were initially released in June, 2020. As COVID-19 pandemic restrictions have made unsheltered homelessness more visible in our city, prompting significant news coverage, this relaunch is a timely effort.
People experiencing homelessness face stigma and discrimination on the basis of their housing status. Sometimes this stigma and discrimination is reflected in individuals’ responses to, and news coverage about, homelessness. By empowering community members with helpful guidance on how to respond appropriately to people who may be unsheltered, and providing media with facts and guidelines for reporting on homelessness, human rights can be better protected, and the public interest can be better served.
Download the Media Toolkit in .pdf format here.
The Guide is also available in .pdf format on a white background here.