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Premier Ranj Pillai and Health and Social Services Minister Tracy-Anne McPhee issued the following statement:
“On behalf of the Government of Yukon, we want to express our ongoing commitment to fostering safe and thriving communities across the territory.
“Downtown Whitehorse is home to incredible businesses, a strong residential community, and significant and essential supports for those in need. Our government is listening to the perspectives brought forward by downtown residents, workers, business owners and service providers. We hear their concerns regarding recent reported incidents of crime, and we understand the impacts that these incidents can have on your bottom line as well as your feelings of community. We continue to work collaboratively with community partners to work towards solutions that prioritize the safety and wellbeing of everyone in our community.
“Since our last update two weeks ago, we have continued to work with partners to make progress towards the goals, priorities and recommendations in the House of Wolf and Vink Consulting reports, and to enact the promises we have made to enhance community safety by working collaboratively with partners.
“We are ready to check back in with members of the downtown Whitehorse community to hear their perspectives and better understand what they would like to see as work moves forward to ensure that Whitehorse is a place where everyone feels safe, healthy, respected and supported.
“Downtown Whitehorse residents and businesses are invited to attend a Downtown Community Conversation on Tuesday, November 21 at 6 pm at the MacBride Museum. This will be an opportunity for those working and living downtown to meet with community partners, voice their concerns and discuss reasonable and viable solutions to support a safer, vibrant downtown. This will be a safe, open space for conversation and moderated discussion led by Inspire Reconciliation Potential Consulting.
“As a government, we continue to work to help maintain the strength of our business community while ensuring access to appropriate, responsive support to those who need it. Since October, we have expanded our collaboration with partners, and together, we have reached the following results:
Creating a safer downtown Whitehorse
Decentralizing services to increase access to supports across the community
Listening and working with members of the community
Promoting health and wellness
“These advancements have been informed by feedback received from community members and experts and brought to life through collaboration between the Yukon Government and community partners, including the Council of Yukon First Nations, Connective, Kwanlin Dün First Nation, Ta’an Kwäch’än Council, the City of Whitehorse and the RCMP.
“No community in Canada is immune to the intergenerational impacts of trauma, racism, violence and colonialism. As we work together as a community to move forward and to heal, we remember that societies are judged by how they treat their most vulnerable. We appreciate how patient downtown residents, workers and businesses have been as we all work together to meet the needs of everyone in our community, and we ask for their continued support and compassion as this work continues into the new year.”