Members of Namegans Nation homeless and housing protest spent the night camped on the grounds of Victoria Law Courts ahead of their court appearance Wednesday. (Keri Coles/News staff)

Members of Namegans Nation return to camp on grounds of Victoria Law Courts

Campers have court appearance Wednesday for arrests at Woodwyn Farms

Members of Namegans Nation homeless and housing protest spent the night camped on the grounds of Victoria Law Courts ahead of their court appearance Wednesday.

RELATED: A year in tent city: Timeline of Camp Namegans

The appearance is for 10 campers, including leader Chrissy Brett, who were arrested Oct. 20 on charges of mischief for taking their roving camp onto the grounds of Woodwyn Farm, owned and managed by the Provincial Rental Housing Corporation.

The campers removed gates at the agricultural property located at 779 West Saanich Road on Oct.19, drove vehicles onto the property and established an encampment.

“BC housing has failed to provide homeless people with adequate, permanent and safe housing options, which [is] why we chose to occupy this site to house people who need a place to stay,” said Brett. “People need to belong somewhere.”

RELATED: Tent city moves to Woodwynn Farm, arrests made

Police say they spoke with representatives from BC Housing at the time who instructed them to remove the individuals after repeated attempts to have the group voluntarily leave the property were unsuccessful.

The campers were released on conditions that they do not return to the property.


 

keri.coles@blackpress.ca

Follow us on Instagram
Like us on Facebook and follow us on Twitter.

Just Posted

West Shore RCMP catches driver going 50 kilometres over speed limit

Driver caught on Veterans Memorial Parkway between Sooke and Kelly Roads

Garden suites coming soon to Saanich

Work is underway to legalize purpose-built detached garden suite rentals

VicPD officer used siren, emergency lights to get kids to school: OPCC report

Annual misconduct report includes VicPD former chief Frank Elsner and other officers

Saanich Gulf-Islands’s Elizabeth May coy about leadership plans

The federal Green party leader talks possibility of running as MP without being leader

Scheer says Canada more divided than ever, as NDP and Bloc hold cards close

While Liberals were shut out of two key prairie provinces, they took two-thirds of the seats in Ontario

POLL: Are you satisfied with the result of the federal election?

The ballots have now been counted and the dust has settled on… Continue reading

Estheticians can’t be forced to wax male genitals, B.C. tribunal rules

Langley transgender woman Jessica Yaniv was ordered to pay three salon owners $2,000 each

Two youth arrested in UBC carjacking at gunpoint, after being spotted in stolen Kia

‘A great deal of credit is due the alert person who called us,’ said North Vancouver Sgt. Peter DeVries

Open house for Royal Beach tonight

The third open house to gather public input on Royal Beach takes… Continue reading

People’s Party of Canada’s anti-immigration views ‘didn’t resonate’ with voters: prof

Party was formed on anti-immigration, climate denying views in 2018

Windstorm knocks out power for 10,000 in north and central B.C.

Power slowly being restored, BC Hydro says

Investor alert: ‘Split games’ pyramid scheme circulating in B.C.

British Columbia Securities Commission issues warning about scheme selling virtual shares

Federal NDP may support B.C. with major projects, Carole James says

SkyTrain Surrey extension, Massey Tunnel need Ottawa’s help

Most Read