Episode 157 – King Thunderbird

Boyle Street Community Services has been supporting people experiencing homelessness and poverty since 1971. And for many of those years, it was operating out of a dilapidated facility on 101st Street and 105th Avenue.  

In late 2021, Boyle Street announced it was purchasing a new building a few blocks north of their original location and they were getting set to break ground on okimaw peyesew kamik, which is Cree for The King Thunderbird Centre.  

But what was supposed to be a rather straight forward move began facing major hurdles, first with building permit issues, then community backlash and that was only the beginning.   

On this episode, we speak with Jordan Reiniger, Executive Director of Boyle Street Community Services, to get an update on okimaw peyesew kamik and what’s next for Edmonton’s inner-city communities. 

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Photo courtesy of Boyle Street Community Services.