Artist Title Album Label
Eli Larsen Intro to the episode
Eli Larsen The realities of being homeless in Victoria, BC in 2022
Christine Bruce Statistics on housing precarity in Victoria
Niki Ottosen The Backpack Project's development from a one-time seasonal initiative to a weekly strategy for keeping people alive
Shane Ivers PSA for Smithers: a great place to live
Noam Chomsky PSA for Community Radio
Eli Larsen segue into the second half
Niki Ottosen Lots of excellent suggestions for helping
The Northwest Kid Roof Over My Head Dozy And NWK EP
John Rose Lake Erie Kent County
Eli Larsen I have an idea: don't be a NIMBY

From Backpacks to Safe Housing, with Niki Ottosen.

The Backpack Project is a Victoria BC initiative that provides mutual aid to community members who live without homes. The group collects life saving supplies such as tents, sleeping bags, blankets, clothing, food, water and medical supplies and distribute those supplies to anyone in need. Niki Ottosen and her family are the official name behind The Backpack Project, but as Niki will tell us, the initiative only succeeds because of the generous support and donations from local businesses and everyday citizens throughout the Greater Victoria Regional District. On any given day, nearly 3,000 people are watching Niki’s Facebook page, The Backpack Project, ready to help.


The Smithers Community Radio Society is an incorporated non-profit that manages a locally supported, volunteer operated community radio station. 

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