Unceded and Occupied Lekwungen & W̱SÁNEĆ Territories
Red Braid began organizing in Victoria in 2015, when a group of homeless people set up tents on the lawn of the downtown courthouse, establishing Super InTent City. When the tent city was closed by a court injunction won by the Province of British Columbia in the summer of 2017, residents were moved into supportive housing at 844 Johnson Street. They continued to organize and fight against the prison-like conditions of “supportive housing.” The Johnston Street residents won a victory in July 2017, when the Residential Tenancy Branch found that the supportive housing provider, Portland Hotel Society, must respect their rights under the Residential Tenancy Act.
Red Braid also organized with Namegans Nation, an Indigenous-led tent city that existed in Saanich, a suburb outside of Victoria, throughout the summer of 2018. Leaders that emerged out both these tent city struggles continue to organize for homeless survival and power as leaders of the June 8th Network.
Updates and Events
By V. Adams Originally published in The Volcano With a vacancy rate approaching zero, a fast dwindling rental housing [...]
This year anti-displacement activists have begun organizing between tent cities, building a stronger, united movement of communities experiencing different forms of housing crisis and displacement pressures.
By Ivan Drury Originally published in The Volcano The tents set up on the lawn of the Campbell River [...]
By Ivan Drury and Ashley MollisonOriginally published in The VolcanoIt felt like a major victory when, this spring, the courts [...]
Victoria’s “Super In Tent City” started in the late fall when homeless people set up tents on the lawn [...]
“Enlarged Citizenship” in Coleman Country – The failure of BC Housing creates tent cities where homeless people are building their own power
By Ashley Mollison and Ivan Drury Originally published in The Volcano We acknowledge the unceded Lekwungen Territories on which [...]