Pilot project brings YK’s healing camp counsellors downtown

A pilot project starting next week will see counsellors from Yellowknife’s urban Indigenous healing camp come downtown to connect with people experiencing homelessness.

The pilot will start on Monday, August 5, and will run until at least the end of November, according to the City of Yellowknife in a news release on Thursday. The project was proposed by Donald Prince, executive director of the healing camp and the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation.

“We are continually looking at how we can help people and we need to make efforts to meet people where they are at,” he stated.


The idea, according to Prince, is to both expand access to services offered at the healing camp and “to help break the cycle of addictions, while encouraging change among individuals.”

Mayor Rebecca Alty, quoted in Thursday’s news release, agreed the project was “an opportunity for individuals experiencing homelessness to participate in cultural activities, sharing circles and, if so inclined, to speak with an Elder or access traditional counselling.”

The project is a partnership between the City and the Arctic Indigenous Wellness Foundation. In addition to having a member of the healing camp downtown, there will also be another member welcoming people to the healing camp at 7am daily.