Artist Title Album Label
Christine Bruce Warning: This episode addresses homelessness in Victoria BC, with occasional mentions of such traumatic circumstances as the opioid crisis, tent communities and sheltering bans, and homeless deaths. The bulk of the conversation, however, focuses on compas
Elijah Larsen An introduction to the Backpack Project in Victoria, BC
Elijah Larsen Homelessness in Canada is at epidemic proportions
Christine Bruce Population statistics in Victoria, BC
Niki Ottosen The realities of being homeless in Victoria, BC in 2022
Noam Chomsky PSA for community radio
Elijah Larsen PSA for local food
Elijah Larsen segue into the second half
Niki Ottosen The Backpack Project's development from a one-time seasonal initiative to a weekly strategy for keeping people alive
Steve Heighton The Nightingale Won't Let You Sleep The Devil's Share
John Rose Lake Erie Kent County
Elijah Larsen How about a Basic Income Guarantee, to give everyone some dignity and independence

A re-airing of From Backpacks to Safe Housing with Niki Ottosen (originally aired April 4, 2022)

The Backpack Project is a Victoria BC initiative that provides mutual aid to community members who live without homes. They collect 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.


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