From: Red Deer
Carla has been on the street for 8 years. She is an Okeene by blood but was adopted by a white family as an infant. Within the family, she says she was sexually abused by the father and the brother.
Carla has a few friends with accommodation but often she sleeps at the beach. She has had good experiences with the police who check to be sure that the beach sleepers are alright.
At age 19 Carla learned that she could claim First Nations status. She then left her home in Red Deer and moved to Vancouver. She panhandles at the corner of Burrard and Robson, and in the west end.
Her drug of choice is coke. A one time she had a 4 rock a day habit which cost her about $30.00 a day. She has been on Methadone for 1 year.