Frozen to death – CBC

Apr. 4, 2023

Dickie Nelson’s death in a tent city as temperatures plunged last December came as more homeless people in northern B.C. – many of them Indigenous – are showing up in smaller communities in need of shelter.

Dickie Nelson froze to death in a tattered tent in Terrace, B.C., last December on a night when the temperature dipped to –22 C.

Nelson didn’t intend to spend the night at the blustery homeless tent encampment near the railway tracks nearly 600 kilometres west of Prince George.

But his sister, Diana Guno, thinks he came back that night to check on friends who were sleeping outside. It was that cold.


City bylaw officers found Nelson, a former commercial fishing deckhand, the next morning frozen to death inside the white canvas tent. He was 54.

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