Indigenous experiences of homelessness and housing need are linked to historical trauma, oppression, racism and discrimination. Government practices and policies – including colonialism, residential schools, and the Sixties scoop – have been linked to experiences of social exclusion, familial dysfunction, substance abuse, addictions, health issues and community violence, all of which directly contribute to homelessness and housing need. 

The City is committed to addressing the disproportionate representation of Indigenous people among those experiencing homelessness and housing needs in Edmonton. Current initiatives include improvements to the emergency shelter system, pathways into housing and the creation of culturally-appropriate, trauma-informed affordable and supportive housing.