Women

I was 6 years old when I was taken away from my parents and grandparents in Ahousat BC and forced into a residential school. The Department of Indian Affairs came to our reserve every year in the 1950’s, taking Native children away and placing them in residential schools to learn the White way of...
I was born in 1957 and in my early years I lived in a cabin with my mother and six siblings in Quesnel B.C. When I was eight years old, our mother took off and left us alone for three days. My younger siblings had no diapers and we were eating dry oatmeal. As a result, the neighbour called the...
At the age of 12 years old is when the abuse in my parents’ home started. My siblings and I were subjected to physical and emotional abuse and violence by my parents. We had many visits from the Ministry of Child and Family Development (MCFD) but my siblings and I were forced to lie about the abuse...
A middle class, small-town girl that journeys between rags and riches… Being involved with The Homeless Hub project allows me to give back by telling my story, which is two fold: as a small town, teenage girl who was kicked out; and as a wife of a substance user, who asked her husband to leave,...
Changes are an important part of life - a part of life that can be more easily embraced with a helpful hand from your community. I had the perfect life, a house with a beautiful backyard, a man that cared, a baby boy, a dog, and a cat, all at the age of twenty-three. The one thing I have learned in...
A woman's struggle with life in a shelter… I moved to Yellowknife five years ago when my boyfriend kicked me out. That is when I became homeless.  I ended up in the hospital. That same day I was sent to the Yellowknife Women's Shelter. I've been in and out for five years because I don't have enough...

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