Read about some of the activities that took place at PAQ over the summer.

New program will help homeless Indigenous people manage addiction, find housing

Community group Projets Autochtones du Québec is behind pilot project, expected to begin Nov. 1. Some of Montreal’s most vulnerable people will have a new housing option this fall. A new pilot project launched by the community group Projets Autochtones du Québec will create long-term housing for Indigenous people with severe alcohol addictions. It’s part of what advocates call…

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A First Wet Shelter In The Process of Being Opened in Monrtéal

A first center for controlled alcohol consumption, or wet shelter, could see the light of day this fall in downtown Montreal, La Presse has learned. The organization behind this pilot project wants to make it a stable place of residence that could accommodate up to 10 people at a time, initially. “We see a lot…

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Almost $ 3M for Indigenous organizations in urban areas of Quebec.

Indigenous Services Minister Marc Miller announced on Tuesday that his ministry has donated $ 2.7 million to the urban component of the Support Fund for Indigenous Communities during the COVID-19 pandemic to support organizations in Quebec. Continuation of the article on Radio-Canada (in french only).

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National Indigenous Peoples Day

On Sunday June 21, 2020 we celebrated National Indigenous Peoples Day! Our chefs Agnes Mushquash, Joshua George and Keith Galbraith prepared fabulous country food for eat-in and take-out. More than 150 PAQ friends and family came during the day to help celebrate. An outdoor painting station allowed many people to express their art and emotions…

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Staying Safe during the Day at PAQ

At the start of the Covid-19 pandemic in March PAQ made the decision to open its doors during the day to vulnerable members of our community (the number was limited to ensure physical distancing inside PAQ). Members from our community were able to stay in the community room during the day to use the cumputers,…

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Take-out meals a hit!

Thanks to our extraordinary chef, Joshua George, PAQ has served more than 3 600 take-out meals since the beginning of April 2020. PAQ launched its hot and cold take-out meal service when we were forced to reduce our numbers inside the building, and restaurants and other food options in the downtown core shut at the start…

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Cleaning brigade program

Everyday a PAQ cleaning brigade travels around the neighborhood to help keep the streets clean! In partnership with the City of Montréal, this program allows 7 to 8 Indigenous people in our community to have a steady job. PAQ has never been so clean!

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Launch of PAQ-2

On April 25 PAQ opened PAQ-2, a temporary emergency shelter in Little Burgundy for 10 women, 20 men and 5 couples from the Indigenous community. Thank you to the City of Montréal and the CIUSSS – Centre Sud who answered our community’s call for support, providing human resources, a building, meals, cleaning, and security services.…

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Incredible volunteers

Work never stops at PAQ! During the Covid-19 pandemic, PAQ was supported by many volunteers who came to donate their time and talent. These very special people helped us to adapt quickly to the new realities of physical distancing and disinfection. Kudos to the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK for their support with volunteer recruitment, and…

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How do you self-isolate when you don’t have a home? Montreal shelters plead for help

Homeless advocates ask for extra resources, clear protocols for clients with coronavirus symptoms. While many Montrealers wait out the coronavirus pandemic at home, telecommuting and practising social distancing, staff at homeless shelters go into work every day to care for some of the city’s most vulnerable people. Scrambling to protect themselves and the clientele they…

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Native Homelessness: Montreal Aid Hailed Cautiously By Organizations

The City of Montreal announced Wednesday $ 2.3 million in assistance for organizations working with people experiencing homelessness, including Aboriginal people; a measure deemed “insufficient” by community workers. In the forty or so organizations that will share the amount announced by the City, we should notably mention The Open Door Montreal, Chez Doris, Quebec Native…

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Brothers And Sisters Of The Street

Brothers And Sister Of The Street. It is not just at Cabot Square – the gathering place of the Inuit in Montreal on which Le Devoir has shone its spotlight in recent days – that homeless homeless people die prematurely. On December 30, Noah Shecapio, a 34-year-old Cree from Mistissini, died suddenly in a friend’s…

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