Youth Homelessness Memorial Spirit Flags (FSS 4004)
Youth homelessness is a preventable tragedy. Youth who are homeless are far more likely to die young than other youth. Those who die without safe and secure housing must be recognized, and memorialized. The Youth Homelessness Memorial Spirit Flags have been created to remind everyone that their lives were important, and that we can do better than this for our young citizens.
Scyndy Ross, an artist and member of the Coming Up Together Youth Stream planning team, was already collecting names for a memorial that would honour and remember these friends and loved ones when she joined the Youth Stream team. The Youth Stream planning team then worked together to develop the idea of a physical memorial, and created the first Memorial Spirit Flags, available to view at the conference.
If you know of a homeless youth who lost their life, please join us in creating a Spirit Flag in their memory in room FSS 4014. This dedicated room has a selection of supplies and materials to choose from. You are encouraged to bring along a photo, a memento, or another token to personalize the flag even more.
Each flag will have friendship pins attached to the bottom. We encourage you to take one and wear it as a sign that this life mattered – that we see them, we will remember, and we will fight to change the unjust systems that cost them their lives.
This memorial is dedicated to all young people who have died, unnecessarily and tragically, because they did not have adequate housing or supports.