Read about some of the activities that took place at PAQ

COVID-19 outbreak in Indigenous homeless population: Homeless-serving organizations and Public Health mobilize to respond

Montreal, January 7, 2021 – The Old Brewery Mission, Projets Autochtones du Québec (PAQ) and the Montreal Indigenous Community NETWORK have marshalled their resources to respond to a major COVID-19 outbreak among chronically homeless Indigenous people, with the support of the CIUSSS du Centre-Sud-de-l’île-de-Montréal (CCSMTL). The situation is critical: the positivity rate among homeless Indigenous…

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Life Skills and Confidence-building Program

Launched in November 2020, this program takes its inspiration from the Apaenmowineen: Having confidence in myself program offered by the Native Men’s Residence (Na-Ma-Res) in Toronto. The program promotes the acquisition of life skills ranging from independence, to personal cultural linkages to organization and time management. Residents of PAQ’s transitional housing are the main program…

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Minister Lafrenière’s visit

On November 20, the new Québec Minister Responsible for Indigenous Affairs, M. Ian Lafrenière, made a visit to PAQ. He took the opportunity to talk with community members and congratulated our intervention workers for their important and essential work.

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New cook at PAQ

We are very excited to welcome a new cook to PAQ. Doris Horne comes from Kahnawake and she is cooking up a storm of some delicious food for our community members. Thank you Doris for keeping us so well fed! Stop by PAQ any evening for some hot take-out food to go!

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City of Montreal: Strategy for Reconciliation

On November 4th the City of Montreal adopted its reconciliation strategy with Indigenous peoples. The strategy aims to implement concrete actions that will recognize the past, present and future presence of Indigenous peoples in the Greater Montreal area. For more information, click here. 

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Launch of PAQ’s residential Managed Alcohol Program (MAP)

PAQ is excited to announce the opening of its new home with a Managed Alcohol Program (MAP), the first of its kind in Québec. This harm reduction program offers accessible housing for 8 Indigenous men experiencing homelessness and living with severe and chronic alcohol addictions. It aims to reduce obstacles to permanent housing while addressing…

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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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