Citizens of Calgary, many either experiencing homelessness or with lived experience, will gather tonight at Shaw Millennium Park to remember and memorialize those they have lost. The Longest Night of the Year is a candlelight memorial for those who have passed away while experiencing homelessness in Calgary. For many who have passed, this candlelight memorial will be the only commemoration of their lives.

Coordinated by the Client Action Committee (CAC) at the Calgary Homeless Foundation (CHF), the goal of this memorial is to remember the lives of over 123 mothers or fathers, sons and daughters, who have passed away, either while sleeping rough, in emergency shelters or from illnesses or conditions related to their homelessness over this past year. Each person’s life matters. Each person deserves a celebration of life.