STATEMENT FROM TENT CITY: Rally/Press Conference to Defend Tent City
OTTAWA – We, the residents of Tent City, call on all supporters to join us at Tent City at 10am Monday, December 2nd to defend our homes. We will be listing our demands for the City of Ottawa and NCC who have stated they will be forcibly evicting Tent City at 10am.
Please join us as we fight for our right to housing and to exist in public space, and as we call attention to the national housing crisis being experienced by communities across Canada. We stand in solidarity with tent cities enduring ongoing displacement, like Sanctuary Tent City in Surrey, BC.
We are holding this rally/press conference to assert our human rights to stay in the encampment and to not be evicted without adequate alternative short and long-term accommodation as agreed upon by the residents.
The City of Ottawa and the NCC have human rights obligations that are not being met. We are calling on the City of Ottawa and the NCC to implement their human rights obligations – to provide adequate emergency accommodation and long-term housing options.
Residents of tent city and their supporters, Leilani Farha, United Nations Special Rapporteur on the right to housing, Alex Neve, Secretary-General of Amnesty International (English Canada), and Prof. David Wiseman of the Housing Justice Project (UOttawa Law), will be in attendance.
We stand in solidarity with all our homeless brothers and sisters sleeping rough and homeless tonight.
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