"They're human beings and we need to do as much as we can from any point of view, many of the homeless people in the area are Métis Nation members or related to members"
A temporary camp for people who are homeless in Lac La Biche has been approved
The Metis Nation of Alberta, in partnership with the Country of Lac La Biche, signed off on a one-year lease deal for a homeless camp to be set up in the Bonesville subdivision, which is home to approximately 25 rural properties. The land selected for the camp is said to be surrounded by wooded public lands.
Under the $1 lease deal, the Métis Nation will handle day-to-day operations and maintenance. The county will provide porta-potties, a dumpster and three-times daily transportation into the hamlet at an expected total cost of about $60,000.
The agreement also includes a list of rules that camp occupants need to follow.
The lease expires in July 2022, and Lac La Biche Mayor Omer Moghrabi says they will need provincial funding for a more permanent housing and resource solution, something he thinks is essential.