As temperatures plummet, few options available for Helena’s homeless population

Nolan Lister

As Helena organizations scramble to find temporary shelter for the city’s unhoused population, those living on the streets are facing a life-and-death struggle with temperatures that could reach record lows. 

Kelsy Wayne Sunshine is one of those people.

Sunshine said he is a member of the Fishing Lake First Nation people, and at the age of 3, he was taken from his home and his mother in Winnipeg by Canadian child welfare authorities.

He said he was among the thousands of children taken as a result of policies enacted by Canada in the 1960s, a period known as the Sixties Scoop.

Sunshine said he spent the next three years at three different foster homes in the United States until he was adopted to a family in Washington, D.C.

When he was 15, he said, he left his adopted home “and never looked back.”

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Sunshine said he has traveled all over this country. At one time, he said, he owned a bowling alley in Holbrook, Arizona.

Since then, the Canadian government agreed to pay an $800 million settlement directly to children adopted as part of the Sixties Scoop.

So Sunshine

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