Our Purpose

One of the many assets of the DTES are the numerous, strong and vocal community organizations working to keep the priorities of the residents at the forefront of consultations in light of social and political attempts of gentrification. However, the complex, overlapping and layered histories of the area mean that these voices are often fragmented and with this, their capacity strained. The purpose of this project is to develop a coalescing partnership with DTES community organizations to put forward a collective and sustained human rights agenda for the DTES. Our aim is to do this through historical reclamation to lineage past and present actions for, and violations against, human rights, community dialogues on priorities for a unified human rights agenda, and arts-centered approaches with local artists to project and support what we have learned to the larger community.