Jeneen and her two children live in a tent community in Whitehorse, Canada

Jeneen and her two children live in a tent community in Whitehorse, Yukon, Canada. The cause of their homelessness is high cost of living in Northern Canada, not wanting to burden relatives, and needing to be close to community services.

Often people ask “why don’t their relatives help?”, which I normally ask “how was your last Thanksgiving – drama free?”. The point is more often than not living with a family member is rather uncomfortable. Imagine an “extra” family living with you indefinitely and without their own income! Rather quickly it becomes a burden, and most people these days just don’t have the space and income to take care of another family.

Jeneen seems to be making the best of it, for now! This is not camping – it is homeless! And winter is fast approaching.

I do love her last wish.


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