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BATC optimistic, despite challenges facing Miwasin Kikinaw

Receivership of the Lighthouse, landlords for BATC’s Miwasin Kikinaw Homeless Shelter, an issue they must deal with.
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The Lighthouse, former operators of the shelter now run by BATC, are now in receivership. BATC says there will be minimal impact, even though the Lighthouse still owns the building.

NORTH BATTLEFORD - Battlefords Agency Tribal Chiefs is expressing confidence there will be minimal impact to the operations of Miwasin Kikinaw Homeless Shelter, despite the current financial situation involving the building’s landlords, the Lighthouse. 

The Miwasin Kikinaw shelter, which houses approximately 25 clients and also provides outreach on average of 210-240 meals a week, has been thrown into some uncertainty due to the recent receivership of the Lighthouse.

The Lighthouse owns the 102nd St. property in North Battleford where the homeless shelter is located. The Lighthouse had operated the homeless shelter there until Oct. 2021, when they transferred operations to BATC with support from Metis Nation of Saskatchewan, the City of North Battleford and the Province of Saskatchewan.

In a news release, BATC states that the court appointed receiver, MNP, is reviewing options for the shelter property as well as for two transitional houses in North Battleford.

“The BATC Chiefs feel confident that all partners will work proactively together to ensure there is minimal impact to our people that need support in their transition,” said Tribal Chair Sylvia Weenie in a statement.

”BATC and their partners have historically contributed significant financial resources to support people, and families in transition, and we will continue to support those in need.”

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