Who Cares? Creative Responses To Social Obligations Presents

Urban Traplines — Exploring Safety And Social Inclusion In Our City

This public dialogue series on civil society examines How we, in a modern society, care for each other, particularly those in need. The series explores new Ways of creatively re-engaging citizens in their collective social obligations and seeks to stimulate New ways of thinking about our social institutions.

This forum provides a democratic space for citizens to explore the related issues of homelessness, increased visibility of poverty, mental illness and drug use on the streets and how these conditions challenge our notions of community standards of livability and public safety. United We Can, the non-profit recycling organization established by Ken Lyotier in the Downtown Eastside, has encouraged Simon Fraser University, and other organizations to convene this forum as a citizens’ response to these conditions. Participants will leave the forum with a better understanding ofthese challenges, of our own prejudices, what we can do and what programs and resources are actively involved in responding to these complex issues.

Program 7:00 – 9:30 PM

  • Welcome and introductions
  • Traplines: A film by Benoit RaoulxBenoit Raoulx is a social geography professor at the University of Caenin France. His documentary Traplines examines the lives of “binners”in Vancouver.
  • Dialogue with the filmmaker
  • Exploring our personal responses to homelessness
  • From understanding to action

Dialogue Questions

  • Living with the tensions: How do we maintain livability standards and values in the community in ways that do not marginalize or objectify others?
  • Seeking creative and compassionate responses: What can I do? What can my neighbourhood do? What can our city do?

The Who Cares? Dialogue Series Is Presented By Dialogue Programs, Continuing Studies, Simon Fraser University.

Join Us For An Evening Of Dialogue, Reflection And Learning


Friday, February 20, 7:00 – 9:30 pm


Morris J. Wosk Centre for Dialogue, 580 West Hastings, Vancouver (enter off Seymour Street)


By donation. As seating is limited, please call 604-291-5100 to reserve a seat.

This Dialogue Is Supported By

  • Learning Strategies Group
  • Simon Fraser University
  • UBC Learning Exchange
  • University of British Columbia
  • PHILIA Dialogue on CitizenshipThe Vancouver Foundation
  • Ministry of Children and Family Development
  • Province of British Columbia
  • PLAN (Planned Lifetime Advocacy Network)