As unhoused people are evicted from Strathcona Park, they look to local and international human rights laws to evaluate government decampment strategy and, based on these laws, issue a significantly low grade of “D”
On International Human Rights Day, the BC Poverty Reduction Coalition and Pivot Legal Society are renewing calls for an amendment to the BC Human Rights Code to include protections based on social condition.
Despite the heavy snowfall we are experiencing, Oppenheimer Park residents continue to be refused onsite-options for warming. We recently sent letters calling on both Vancouver Fire and Rescue Services and the City of Vancouver to “meet people where they are” and provide warming options for those who will inevitably remain outside in the cold this season.
As we close out this year and look back on the past few months, we commend the steadfast, principled advocacy of Oppenheimer Park Tent City residents. We stand in solidarity with the assertion of Indigenous sovereignty in the Park. As long as people must rely on public space, we must respect Tent Cities as the safest option in a list of undesirable alternatives.