Housing is a Human Right

Solidarity with Indigenous and migrant communities includes solidarity with those who are unhoused.
A statue of a man in a cloak is inside a cage on the sidewalk
The “Panhandler Jesus” statue at the Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields was placed in a cage as part of a protest against the threatened eviction of an encampment.

Over the past year, members of the Turtle Island Solidarity Network have accompanied unhoused people in the city of Toronto who are living in shelter hotels or in encampments. These communities include disproportionate numbers of Indigenous people and refugees who have been dispossessed and displaced by colonialism. In December, the City of Toronto closed several shelter hotels – blocks of hotel rooms which the city leased at the beginning of the COVID-19 pandemic to provide safer shelter for unhoused people. In order to increase the capacity of permanent city shelters, the City has discarded infection control practices such as an increased distance between shelter beds. The City also issued an eviction order against an informal encampment next to the Church of St. Stephen-in-the-Fields, which has been deferred temporarily due to strong community advocacy. However, police harassment of both encampment residents and people living in shelters continues on a daily basis.

As we welcome the new year, we invite you to pray and advocate for social policies based on compassion and dignity. We give thanks for the networks of care and solidarity among unhoused people and their supporters, and we work for a future in which housing is treated as the human right that it is.

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Trainees at the CPT and Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery training act out a position of power.

Peacemakers train to accompany Oak Flat

Members of the Coalition to Dismantle the Doctrine of Discovery are training to accompany Apache Stronghold in prayer and action to protect Oak Flat (Chi’chil Biłdagoteel), a sacred site, from destruction by Resolution Copper.

Septermber Supper Fundraiser

Will you host a dinner party for CPT?

CPT really needs your support in raising $10k in September. Unfortunately, we are behind our financial targets and need your help. We want to dedicate the month of September to bringing people together around the dinner table. You can choose the date, who you invite and what you cook (though our teams have some great recipes prepared!) We’d love to hear if you’d be interested. 

There’s no commitment needed at this stage.

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