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Ashley Richard: 5 Days for the Homeless

March 9, 2016 — 


My name is Ashley Richard and I am in my fourth year at the Asper School of Business. I’m majoring in Aboriginal Business Studies because I have a particular interest in Indigenous economic development. I work for the Treaty Relations Commission of Manitoba and am a co-Founder of the publication Red Rising Magazine.

I am excited to be a sleeper for 5 Days for the Homeless. I have chosen to do this for three main reasons:

  1. Winnipeg has the fifth highest percentage (~60%) of urban Aboriginal homelessness in Canada, which seems high, but the definition of ‘homelessness’ reaches further than what you may traditionally think.
  2. I was homeless from the time I was 15 to 17, and saw how many others were affected by homelessness, and all of the negative ramifications that come without home security.
  3. I want to raise awareness over the fact that Indigenous people have been robbed of their sense of “home” through things such as the Indian Act, residential school systems, and child welfare legislations.


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