Occupied Snuneymuxw Territories

Red Braid began organizing in Nanaimo in early 2018, when homeless residents took over an empty lot owned by the City of Nanaimo and established Discontent City, which soon became one of the largest tent cities in Canada. Red Braid supported residents to organize against government and vigilante forces bent on their displacement, until the City of Nanaimo finally won a court injunction to clear the camp in late 2018.

Photo by Murray Bush/flux photo

Updates and Events

Nanaimo-Ladysmith School Board Chair Would Rather See Homeless Corpses Than a Box of Rigs

School Board Chair Rae posted photos of harm reduction supplies left behind after Schoolhouse Squatters were forced to vacate the school – an attempt to shame, blame, and attack people for taking the life-saving measures they need to survive.

October 7th, 2018|

#SquatTheEmpties! Nanaimo’s Schoolhouse Squat opened to resist Court-ordered collective punishment and end homelessness

We acknowledge that the Schoolhouse Squat is on the territory of the Snuneymuxw nation, treatied in the 1854 “Douglas” [...]

October 5th, 2018|

Residents of Camp Namegans fight for their lives as the City of Saanich applies for a Court order to break up their sanctuary

On Wednesday July 25th, the day after being served with notice of Saanich’s injunction application, the residents of Camp Namegans held a news conference to announce their determination to resist this displacement and their resistance against Canada’s claim to legal jurisdiction and police power on unceded Indigenous lands. In the words of camp founder Chrissy Brett, “It is shameful that the government is trying to break up this community space. Shame on Canada, shame on the Province, and shame on the City of Saanich. If they break up Camp Namegans our people will die; fighting to defend this camp is a fight for our lives.”

July 25th, 2018|