As the only Indigenous-led organization on Vancouver Island which focuses on Aboriginal Homelessness, the work of the ACEH is critical. Since 2016, the ACEH has conducted research using a phenomenological approach through surveys, focus groups and talking circles. Through these resources, we have gathered baseline data, health and wellness information, and direct feedback from the Aboriginal Street Community about access to cultural support including identifying the gaps in services and discussing what cultural supports and services they would like to see offered.
The work of the ACEH is centered on the voices of Aboriginal peoples who have shared their immediate needs, lived experiences, systemic and structural barriers, as well as their hopes, dreams and importantly, their perspectives on solutions. Within this context, the ACEH seeks to create a climate of love and care to help members of the Aboriginal Street Community gain cultural supports and connections as well as housing stability.