The Cabot Square Project was originally developed due to the need to counteract the displacement of Indigenous people in the downtown area of Montreal.
The Native Women’s Shelter met with many different community organizations in hopes of creating and implementing a strategy to address this issue. In 2014, the city of Montreal funded the Cabot Square project under the following objectives; to create a safe space for community members, to facilitate cohabitation and to encourage cultural learning.
This project has also instilled a partnership between the Native Women’s Shelter and the YMCA, in which both organizations have an outreach worker assigned to Cabot Square.
Both outreach workers; Brandon Jarvis & David Crane have a large variety of responsibilities, that allow them to establish trusting relationships with those in need and support them.
Some of their responsibilities include;
Working individually with those in need
Offering counselling, specifically in the context of addictions and violence;
Offering information and promoting health along with advocating for a personal well-being.
Providing referrals, accompaniments and follow ups within the appropriate services (ex. health, shelter, financial support, etc.);
In order to encourage cohabitation in the shared space, acting as a liaison officer between marginalized citizens and other citizens through the use of telephone line and by participating in public events, as well as developing strategies to address recurring issues
Collaborating closely with the SPVM, aboriginal resources, and other local resources in order to coordinate actions in the area.
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