In response to an eviction letter Oppenheimer Park tenters received from the City of Vancouver, First Nations leaders from the Downtown Eastside have issued one of their own – to the city.
Audrey Siegl is with the Musqeum community and a downtown eastside resident.
She says she’s frustrated with the City of Vancouver claiming it wants to end homelessness, but then evicting the homeless.
“Give them eviction notices and tell them if they don’t clear out with their stuff, their stuff will be thrown away and they’ll be arrested.”
Siegl says the First Nations community has been in touch with the city and is waiting for a response to their request to meet and discuss the eviction issue .
Vancouver City Councillor Kerry Jang says he understands the concern, “and that’s why our outreach workers are there now, and they are making sure that those who have really poor housing or substandard housing can go somewhere else first before they are moved out.”
Jang says they will “play it by ear” should the homeless camp not pack up and leave.
City staff and police have not shown up at the park at this time.