The City of Whitehorse and Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) came together with a shared vision to improve the lives of vulnerable people in our city. Together, we invited other governments, businesses, organizations, and the public to come together to share ideas and insights on how to better support people at risk and find solutions to end homelessness.
In 2015, the City and KDFN held two public events at the Kwanlin Dün Cultural Centre to share experiences and harness ideas on how to address this important and challenging issue.
Action 1: The Vulnerable People at Risk Forum was a full day, public event held on April 24, 2015. Nearly 300 people attended. The day included a series of speakers, a panel discussion, and an interactive session.
Action 2: The Business Roundtable was held on September 11 and 12, 2015 to engage members of the Whitehorse Chamber of Commerce and others from the wider business community. The roundtable included a reception and workshop.
Summary Report: Vulnerable People at Risk Forum and Business Roundtable
After concluding the 2015 Vulnerable Persons Initiative, Kwanlin Dün First Nation (KDFN) leadership with support from the City of Whitehorse successfully secured funding from the Government of Yukon for specific, focused support for ongoing efforts. The Safe at Home Plan was the eventual result.
As we gain momentum, we see a strong willingness to keep going and make a difference together. We are charting new ground and that is okay because we know our community is behind us. We do not have all the answers, but we will continue to work with our community towards a better society for everyone.