The organizers of “Camp Marjorie” expressed their concerns to the Saskatchewan Minister of Social Services about how to help those who use the camp and to reconsider the current Saskatchewan Income Support (SIS).
Shylo Stevenson says it’s a start, but action speaks louder than words.
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“I think it was more of a damage control meeting. But I’m glad we can come to the table and express our concerns, ”said Stevenson, Community Support and Recovery Communications Officer for Regina Needle. “We have more than 1,000 volunteer hours running Camp Marjorie, so we need someone else to step up, take the initiative, and learn what we learned as we move forward.”
Camp Marjorie, formerly known as Regina’s Tent City located in Pepsi Park, is home to people affected by homelessness after SIS went into effect. Camp Marjorie, at last count, had 61 tents and more than 100 people.
Camp organizers have been requesting a meeting with Social Services Minister Lori Carr for some time now and received a notification on Friday, October 22, 2021 that a meeting had been scheduled for Monday afternoon.
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“We have a commitment today that you are sitting with the city of Regina looking at an interior space,” Stevenson said.
Carr said the meeting with Stevenson went well and they discussed possible steps to move forward with the goal of no one sleeping outside. Carr said they are working with community organizations and the City of Regina to find a space for those affected by the SIS program.
“We’re working on what that will look like in the future, what kind of interior space can we find for them,” Carr said. “We’re just working on the logistics and we hope to have a solution sooner rather than later.”
Stevenson said they will meet again in the future to discuss more solutions.
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