Abstract Many elderly people of Aboriginal origin find themselves displaced as they move from rural reserves into urban settings. The majority relocate to cities for medical purposes and fall between the cracks of an already fragile support system. Responsibility for their needs, particularly in relation to housing, is not clearly assigned to band organizations or governments within the current neoliberal policy climate. Some move in with family members or friends. Others have secured units in non-profits, while several reside in single room occupancy hotels or rooming houses. Preliminary research indicates many are living in unhealthy and unsafe environments. This study begins to document situations and conditions in which elderly people of Aboriginal origin are currently living in Winnipeg and across Canada. It also aims to assist the Aboriginal Senior Resource Centre (ASRC) in supporting elderly Aboriginals in Winnipeg and suggests broader long-term considerations on how to address the needs of these individuals.