‘LITTLE HUMMINGBIRD’: Abandoned Building Becomes Home For Indigenous Youth

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A derelict old apartment building in North Point Douglas was given a second life after Shawenim Abinoojii Inc.’s Nenookaasiins, “Little Hummingbird” housing project at 126 Alfred Avenue officially opened on Friday.

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SAI purchased and renovated the building to provide 18 affordable apartments with transitional supports for Indigenous youth in the care of Child and Family Services. The building will welcome its first tenants later this month.

Cultural resources will be provided and the initiative aims to help reduce the level of homelessness within Winnipeg’s Aboriginal community.

SAI hosted elected officials and community partners at the grand opening on Friday, including Mayor Brian Bowman, Point Douglas MLA Bernadette Smith and Winnipeg North MLA Kevin Lamoureux.

“I am very proud and honored to have been involved in this project from the earliest stages,” said End Homelessness Winnipeg President and CEO Jason Whitford, former CEO of SAI. “I am also very pleased with Shawenim Abinoojii’s commitment to supporting and improving the lives of Indigenous youth and their families. This new resource, along with the ISC framework and capacities developed over the years, is worth sharing and replicating among other Indigenous organizations. This is particularly what I hope to share and promote in my current role with End Homelessness Winnipeg: our people have always had solutions and capacities to support.

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Nenookaasiins was produced by SAI with support from the Government of Canada’s Rapid Housing Initiative Large Cities Stream, locally administered by the City of Winnipeg; Reaching Home: Canada’s Homelessness Strategy, locally administered by End Homelessness Winnipeg; as well as the SAI Board of Directors, the community of North Point Douglas, Bridgman Collaborative Architecture and Bockstael Construction.

“All have reason to celebrate this new youth housing resource,” End Homelessness Winnipeg said in a statement.

The old Noble Court building was badly damaged by fire in 2016 and had been abandoned for several years.

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Jennifer C. Burleigh