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Orange Shirt Day

Pictured above is our Leadership on Orange Shirt Day 2019

 

Today is Orange Shirt Day. Orange Shirt Day is a day in which we are invited to wear Orange Shirts to create meaningful conversation and remember the devastating legacy and effects of Residential Schools in Canada. 

This day is both an opportunity for Canadians to acknowledge the impacts of residential schools and to commit to working towards reconciliation. The last residential school did not close in Canada until 1996. In Calgary nearly 35,200 people living in private households in 2016 self-identified as Indigenous (Hudes, Sammy. Calgary Herald, June 7, 2019.)  In Alberta we have the second highest number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls cases, representing 16% of all cases in the Native Women’s Association Database. When it comes to incarceration, the daily average of adult indigenous inmate population was represented at 39.2% of the total adult custody in Alberta in 2016-17.

In 2016 the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC), in its White Goose Flying report to Calgary City Council, asked the Calgary Police Service to respond to the Truth and Reconciliation Commission's Calls to Action in the following ways: 

  • To eliminate over representation of Indigenous people in the justice system.
  • To implement realistic alternatives to imprisonment (i.e., restorative justice). 
  • To address over-representation of youth in custody. 

It's clear that we still have a problem in our province that is rooted in the impacts of colonization. Indigenous communities are over-policed and under-protected.  

On Orange Shirt Day, let’s make sure that we disrupt the legacy of racism and violence towards Indigenous peoples by calling on the Calgary Police to address racism and colonization in our city. We are asking them to increase the number of Indigenous liaison officers employed by Calgary Police Service. The Truth and Reconciliation Research Action Team chose this action because increasing the numbers of Indigenous Liaison officers by creating a position in each police district will ensure better relationships between police and the Indigenous community. Increasing the numbers of Indigenous Liaison officers will also ensure that there is someone within each police district that Indigenous peoples can turn to when they experience crime or danger.

Please join us by writing to Chief Neufield and the Police Commission to ask for the creation of an Indigenous Liaison officer in each police district. 

Their email addresses and a sample letter are below – feel free to make the template your own by connecting it to your own beliefs and experiences.

Calgary Police Commission

cpced@calgarypolicecommission.ca

Chief Constable Neufeld

cps@calgarypolice.ca

 

Sample template:

Dear Chief Constable Neufeld and Calgary Police Commission,

For Orange Shirt Day today, we are asking that you support Calgarians as we move towards reconciliation and away from the over-policing of Indigenous lives, by creating a Indigenous Liaison Officer position in every police district in Calgary. 

In Calgary nearly 35,200 people living in private households in 2016 self-identified as Indigenous (Hudes, Sammy. Calgary Herald, June 7, 2019.)  In Alberta we have the second highest number of missing and murdered Aboriginal women and girls cases, representing 16% of all cases in the Native Women’s Association Database. When it comes to incarceration, the daily average of adult indigenous inmate population was represented at 39.2% of the total adult custody in Alberta in 2016-17.

In 2016 the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC), in its White Goose Flying report to Calgary City Council, asked the Calgary Police Service to respond to the THR report’s Calls to Action in the following ways: 

  • To eliminate over representation of Indigenous people in the justice system.
  • To implement realistic alternatives to imprisonment (i.e., restorative justice). 
  • To address over-representation of youth in custody. 

Indigenous peoples are over represented in our criminal justice system and I believe that the move towards a creation of an Indigenous Liaison Officer role in every district will ensure a better relationship between police and the Indigenous community. This will also ensure that there is someone within each police district that Indigenous peoples can turn to when they experience crime and danger. 

I want to thank you for your recent work towards an anti-racism notice of motion and training practice, and I ask that you continue to commit to training officers in anti-racism, decolonization and trauma informed practices.

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Weekly News & Events August 24, 2020

YYC Community Helpers Volunteer Call out

YYC Community Helpers, one of our CACG initiatives, is in the immediate need of volunteers to deliver Food Bank food hampers weekday mornings (M,T, W, F) to households within Calgary experiencing food insecurity.  If you are interested, you can read more about the requirements of the position on the Propellus volunteer posting here.

From Our Environment Research Action Team:

Defend Alberta Parks Campaign - Letters to MLAs and lawn signs in Calgary

www.defendabparks.ca

The Alberta government is planning to close 20 parks and remove 164 from the Alberta Parks system. A total of 175 parks (37% of Alberta parks) will lose protection and Albertans could lose access. 4,400 campsites may be lost. 7 of 10 Albertans oppose these closures / removals. This decision was made without public consultation and without evidence of cost savings. 

We need your help. The changes are not yet final. Please join the Alberta Environmental Network, CPAWS Northern Alberta and CPAWS Southern Alberta and tens of thousands of Albertans who have already spoken up against these changes. Tell your MLA that Alberta Parks are important to you and should not be closed / removed. We are mobilizing an MLA letter-writing and lawn sign campaign in Calgary - please find us at www.defendabparks.ca

Go to www.defendabparks.ca to send a letter to your MLA, request a lawn sign, donate or volunteer. And please spread the word and tell others. Thank you! For more information contact info@defendabparks.ca.

Building Mental Health Resiliency: Weds. September 16 at 7pm.

We are only beginning to understand the significant connections between our mental and physical health. Join us for a webinar on Building Mental Health Resiliency to learn about the "mix of six," resiliency factors that contribute to health and well-being. These resiliency factors: love and support, stress management, sleep, physical activity, diet and healthy environment, can be supported by mind-body practices that reduce stress, including the practice of mindfulness.

Bess Yang and John Wang will present an overview of Mental Health Resiliency.

Doctors Linda Carlson and Bonnie Caplan will present on resiliency factors, such as mental health & nutrition and the benefits of meditation, yoga, and Tai Chi for stress reduction.

For more information or to register please click here.

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Basic Income - The Time is Now!

On June 22, 2020 we sent this letter calling for the implementation of a Basic Income program to Prime Minister Trudeau, Deputy Prime Minister Freeland and Minister of Finance Minister Morneau. 

Today, we are asking you to contact your Member of Parliament directly to show your support as well.  
For a sample letter and/or talking points please go here
For a link to your MP's contact information please go here.
To sign our petition please go here
To learn more about Basic Income go here.
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Weekly News & Domestic Violence Webinar

This Thursday, June 27: Domestic Violence Webinar: at 7-9p.m.

Thursday, June 25: 7-9 p.m. Click here for more information and to register.

“Domestic violence is at epidemic levels in Alberta with 1 in 3 individuals experiencing violence in their lifetime. The impact of domestic violence knows no bounds. Incidents of domestic violence exist across rural and urban areas, within all cultural and faith communities, amongst university educated professionals with a roof over their heads and those who don’t know where their next safe place to sleep will be.

Join us for a presentation by Carolyn Mitchell, Real Talk Program Coordinator at Sagesse. Carolyn Mitchell works as the Real Talk Program Coordinator with Sagesse.

This presentation is jointly sponsored by CACG, Calgary Interfaith Council, and the I-CARE (Interfaith Community Approach Resisting and Eliminating Hate, Racism and Violence) Task Force.

 

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Province to examine Green Line

The Green Line received City of Calgary approval this past week.  Now, a letter received from Transportation Ric McIver indicating the Green Line project will be reviewed by the province is pause for concern.  The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good has responded with a committment to write the province and involve our membership.

From 660 News:  

"That’s prompted the Calgary Alliance for the Common Good to write to all Calgary MLAs including McIver and Premier Jason Kenney ensuring they keep their end of the bargain."

The full article with letter, the City of Calgary's response and our committment to keep the Green Line alive can be found here.

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Green Line Victory

We did it! On Tuesday evening, Calgary City Council approved the Green Line! This approval is an incredible victory for both ordinary Calgarians and for the Calgary Alliance! Thank you to our members, who successfully fought for the Green Line by writing letters, making phone calls, tweeting, speaking at Council and coming to the rally. You made a difference! Through this campaign, you fought for a city that looks after ALL its citizens, one that believes in helping our vulnerable get to their place of work, families take their children to school and recreational facilities, and seniors remain mobile, all while reducing Green House Gas Emissions, creating jobs and diversifying our economy! We are so grateful for each and every effort in support of this campaign and particularly want to thank Christine Laing & Aïda Nciri and the Calgary Climate Hub for their work and partnership on this project!

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Weekly News for June 15th to 21st

Annual General Meeting 2020

Thursday, June 25: 9 a.m. - 10 a.m.

For more information and to register click here.  

The Calgary Alliance for the Common Good will hold its Annual General Meeting June 25th from 9:00 a.m. to 10:00 a.m. on Zoom.  All members are welcome to attend, but we ask that each member organization send at least one delegate. We look forward to having this time of celebrating our accomplishments over the past year, reviewing our finances, electing our board and preparing for the year to come.  

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Support the Green Line

The Green Line is at a critical juncture. You can take action to make sure that it gets built. 

The Green Line barely passed the committee vote on June 1. Now it goes to Council on June 15, where they will decide if it goes ahead, or dies from indecision. Currently, there are 6 councilors who are committed to supporting the Green Line, we need to take action to ensure there are at least 8 councilors who vote in support of this project.

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Trauma Informed Care and Weekly News for June 8th

Trauma Informed Care Webinar: Thursday, June 11: 7-9 p.m.

Having a good understanding of Trauma-Informed Care, is now being recognized as one of the most important aspects in creating good mental health supports. 

Click here for more information and to register.

Trauma-Informed Care is about recognizing the prevalence and impact of trauma in our communities and then using this understanding to influence how we interact with people to create emotionally and physically safe environments.

Join us this Thursday, for a conversation with Agnes Chen and Vicki Park from CUPS Calgary on the importance of Trauma-Informed Care.

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News The Week of June 1st to 6th

Tomorrow: Monday, June 1: Green Line Calgary Alliance Action at City Hall

 We have asked for 50 people to come to City Hall at 9:30 am on Monday June 1st for a socially distanced action. Please go to our sign-up link below to see if we still need people, as we can only have 50 people to comply with health regulations. If you are coming you must register at: https://signup.com/go/GyvduSc .

Thursday: June 4 at 7-8:30p.m. (MST) Imagining a Better Tomorrow Webinar

"Join hundreds of leaders from unions, citizen organizations and congregations across Canada, the US and the Northwest to be inspired to work together to REIMAGINE the kind of community our faith and democratic traditions call us to create."

Register in advance for this meeting here:
https://iafnw.zoom.us/meeting/register/tJwrd-6spjIvG9Pk7SzEqhLFuFGPZ-d8uEQ1

AND, email Ryan at Ryan@calgarycommongood.org to let him know that you have registered.

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