[All proceeds will go to expenses related to the Raphaël André Memorial Tent in Cabot Square.]
Last Sunday in Montreal, Raphaël André, a homeless Innu man, was found dead just a stone's throw from a shelter that had been closed due to an outbreak of COVID-19.
Raphaël was hiding in a portable toilet to avoid any run-in with police due to the curfew, and that is where he lived his last moments, alone and with a total lack of dignity.
This death is one too many and could have been avoided. It serves as a stark reminder us of the harsh reality of vulnerable people, particularly members of Indigenous communities who find themselves on the street, and sadly, this death reaffirms the urgency of providing such vulnerable people with shelters and resources adapted to their needs, such as Resilience Montreal.
Resilience Montreal helps many Indigenous people who are homeless near Cabot Square with food, offering a safe place to sleep, clean clothes and support to anyone in need. Check out their website here: https://resiliencemontreal.com
To prevent any further deaths, we are calling upon your solidarity and generosity. We are therefore launching a GoFundMe campaign to collect donations to support this essential resource.
In keeping Raphaël in mind, and the community of Matimekush - Lac John where he comes from, we hope that by this gesture, we can ensure that this kind of tragedy never happen again. Raphael Andre was a son, a brother, a father, a friend. Nobody should die like him. Homelessness happens for all kinds of reasons; it could be your child, your brother or sister, your parent, your friend. In his memory, we ask for your support to prevent further needless deaths. We can do better.
Together, we have the power to make a difference.
****Please note that funds will be donated to the Registered Charity "Native Women's Shelter of Montreal" which currently serves as the flow-through for Resilience Montreal****
(thank you to Jill, Lea and Michele for the above text)
- Joliane Allaire
- William Triassi
- Sophie Hart
- Sophie Hart
- Jonna Pedersen
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