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November 12 & 13, 2005 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
Davie Street and Pacific Blvd. Vancouver

Saturday November 12, 2005
Performance Centre

10:30 a.m. -1:00 p.m.

Setting the Scene Understanding the Problems & Collaborating for Solutions
10:30: Welcome by First Nations elder, Barbara Charlie
11:15 -12:00: Understanding the Problems: The homeless situation in Vancouver and the Region
Judy Graves, Tenant Assistance Program, City of Vancouver, Dan Garrison, Homelessness Working Group, GVRD
Questions and comments from audience

12:00- 1:30: Collaborating for Solutions: The Action Plans: Vancouver & the Region:
Jill Davidson Community Services Group, Senior Housing Coordinator, Vancouver; Michelle Ninow, GVRD Regional Homelessness Committee
Moderator: Val MacDonald, Seniors Housing Information Program
Questions and comments from audience

1:30-2:30 p.m.

Lunch, Films in Performance Centre & Presentations in Exhibition Hall
Academy Award Winner Ryan 2004 - NFB
Hide & Go Homeless 2005 – Mask Removal Productions, Victoria, Winner of the Quality of Life Challenge Award
Fix, 2005, Wild Productions

2:30 p.m. – 3:30 p.m.

Questions, Responses and Opinions,
Representatives from three levels of government will be asked,
“How will you work with each other to ensure that
Vancouver’s Homeless Action Plan is accomplished?”

Speakers: Dr. Hedy Fry, MP; Libby Davies, MP; Lorne Mayencourt, MLA; Jim Green, Councillor and Vancouver Mayoral Candidate and Sam Sullivan, Councillor and Vancouver Mayoral Candidate. Moderator Alan Waterman, CBC Video Journalist
3:30-4:00: Questions from the audience
4:00 Wrap up and introduction to Sunday programs


November 12 & 13, 2005 at the Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre

Sunday, November 13, 2005

Plenary Sessions
Performance Centre


Art as Catalyst for Change: Voices of the Homeless
Films & Audio-visual presentations answering the question,
“How does art benefit in the healing and self expression
of the homeless?”

Valerie Durant. - MC
I Would Not Live In Heaven, by Zola Nova, 2005. A film about the
strength of the human spirit, mental health, healing and the role of the Galley Gachet. Presented by Irwin Oostindie, Gallery Gachet
A Long Night, A Projections Project with City TV, 2005. Presented by Alanna MacLennan and Kate Sugrue.
Death in a Dumpster 2005, Sheila Baxter introduces her film showing in Exhibition Hall
Fran Bourassa reads her poem, Hastings Street
Richard Tetrault presents slide show and talk profiling a 1998 community
mural project, Walls of Change.
Michael Clague presents video clips from 2004 Community Arts Festival and discusses art as healing.

Performance Centre closed

Towards the World Urban Forum June 2006. What can we do next?
Plenary wrap up discussion

Concurrent Sessions

Taking Action: Collaborating for Solutions
Performance Centre
1:30 – 2:30
Health on the Street:

Jesse Dlin presents the perspective of the Coast Foundation Mental Health Society Resource Centre’s art program, which is, for many, a home away from home and the reason to get up in the morning.
Sheila Scotton Acting Senior Mental Health Worker: Vancouver Mental Health Emergency Services will discuss mental health on the street and the issues of homelessness and mental illness
Linda Lane, Vancouver Coastal Health, Manager in Addiction Services will talk about the help that Vancouver Coastal Health provides in the Downtown Eastside for people that are homeless.

2:45 - 3:30
Homes for the Homeless

Chair: Margaret McNeill, BC Housing
Martha Lewis, Executive Director, Tenant’s Rights Action Coalition, member of the Federal Advisory Board on Housing.
Margaret Eberle, Shelter Planning Project
Patrick Stewart, Chair of the Aboriginal Homelessness Steering Committee

Room C

1:00 - 2:00
Youth and Homelessness
Speakers TBA

2:30 -3:30
Help! The Homeless Have Moved Into My Neighbourhood!
They are driving me crazy and I'm scared.

Presented by Judy Graves who has worked with Vancouver's street population for 30 years and currently coordinates the Tenant Assistance Program at Vancouver City Hall. Judy works with the shelters, services, neighbourhood and faith groups who are responding to the crisis in homelessness we have seen growing in Vancouver over the past few years. In addition, she works hands-on with the homeless, walking overnight, finding them "at home" in doorways and underground parking, waking, listening, and assisting. Judy will be speaking to you both as a neighbour (homeless people sleep in her yard and are driving her crazy too) and as an advocate for the homeless. She can help you know when you are at risk, how you can help, where and how to set your boundaries. Judy will do her best to answer all questions, and help you strategize.

Exhibition Hall

10:30 – 4:00
Displays, videos and presentations on a variety of subjects

Out of the Rain exhibition

Death in a Dumpster,
by Sheila Baxter, Vancouver 2005.
Not Out of the Cold,
Mixed Company Theatre, Toronto 2005

A Public Comment Wall

Interactive art projects

Our Home and Native Land,
a participatory mural making project with Teresa Gray
Umbrella decorating workshops

Community-based networks

Persons impacted by the criminal justice system

Refugees, and New Immigrants

Seniors and Housing

Health on the Street



For further information on the forum,
please contact Elizabeth Kidd at 604-713-1806


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