A Northwest BC woman says she plans to start a tent city in Terrace.
Marjorie Brown says she’ll set up at Terrace City Hall today to protest what she alleges is the mistreatment of the city’s homeless and the lack of affordable housing.
Brown alleges city staff have dismantled tents being used by those on the streets and that the housing situation in Terrace is unfair and unaffordable.
She’s also upset by city council’s recent rejection of a wet shelter location in the downtown core.
Brown says the short-term services that are available are inadequate and overwhelmed, and long term solutions don’t seem to be in the works.
She says her experience being homeless has left her, and others she knows feeling only despair.
Brown is originally from Gitsegukla but says she has no choice but to leave her community in search of work.
She attended residential day schools, and points to that legacy as a major contributing factor to why so many are suffering now.
Brown says she plans to relocate her tent city protest to George Little Park during evenings and weekends, saying she’s not going to hide in the bush.