City, First Nation make plans following forum on vulnerable people

The City of Whitehorse and Kwanlin Dun First Nation have planned their next steps following a recent public meeting on homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.

The City of Whitehorse and Kwanlin Dun First Nation have planned their next steps following a recent public meeting on homelessness, substance abuse and mental illness.

Both governments plan to release a summary report on the forum, start speaking with city merchants and service organizations about the issues raised, and ask the city’s vulnerable people to share their knowledge.

At last month’s meeting, Mayor Dan Curtis and Kwanlin Dun Chief Doris Bill called for more affordable housing options for the city’s most vulnerable, as well as better communication between the organizations that provide services to them.

Earlier this month, Bill also expressed a desire to see the creation of a children’s group home operated by the First Nation, as well as attaching a transition home for young adults coming out of the group home and foster care system.

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