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Responding to the graves of 215 Children at the Kamloops Residential School

The uncovering of the truth, that there are at least 215 children buried at the Kamloops residential school, sits heavy with all of us. As we have embarked on a deeper journey of wrestling with the truth of colonization and as we have listened to residential school survivors, we remember that we have often heard stories of the children who “didn’t make it”; the children who “disappeared” and of the many who died afterwards from the impacts of abuse suffered in residential schools. Why have we treated indigenous people’s lives as so much less valuable? Why do we continue to?

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Langevin School Renamed

Langevin School has been renamed, effectively immediately, by the Calgary Board of Education!

In an emergency vote last night, the Calgary Board of Education Trustees voted to rename the school. Langevin School was named after Hector-Louis Langevin. Langevin was instrumental in promoting and implementing Residential Schools across what we call Canada. The Residential School system was designed with the explicit purpose of assimilating Indigenous Peoples into western society.

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A Toolkit for Grief: Support for You and Your Community

Every person, and every community, has experienced some type of loss since the pandemic began in early 2020. Grief is a natural human experience that we may be feeling. This toolkit is to help us think, act, and change through our grief stories, making them meaningful to us and our communities.

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Covid Bulletin

Our city and province are currently in an unprecedented third wave of the Coronavirus (Covid-19).

Medical staff, front-line workers and those contending with the pandemic are exhausted from managing this crisis.

Let's all do our part to work towards the common good by taking action:

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Victory - Mobile Response Teams & PACTS

April 16th, 2021. This week we had a victory for the city and the Calgary Alliance. The Calgary Police Service and AHS have agreed to expand the Police and Crisis Team (PACT) and Mobile Response Team (MRT).

What are PACT / MRT teams? The PACT teams consist of a mental health professional and a specially trained police officer. The mobile response teams are made up of mental health professionals. These teams respond to emergencies when having just a police officer simply does not make sense.

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Build the Green Line Now | The Alliance at City Hall

The Green Line Committee met last week - and we learned that construction of the line won't be starting until 2022.

We presented at City Council during the meeting. Jane Ebbern represented the team and you can listen in to her presentation below.

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Mental Health Strategy Passes

This morning, city council passed the Mental Health and Addictions Strategy.

Last week we took action by asking our city councillors to pass the Mental Health strategy at committee. Today it has now passed at council and will begin to be implemented across the city.

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TAKE ACTION: Mental Health & Addictions

Today city council published its proposed Mental Health and Addiction Strategy [PDF], and it's going to council on Tuesday.

This strategy is years in the making. Work that we have done during the #KeepCalgaryStrong Campaign, ongoing engagement with the city, the city's listening session with our members and our mental health advocacy, has all helped shaped this strategy and get it this far.

The next step is this push over the finish line to get council's endorsement.

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11 New Communities Voted Down

City Council Votes Against Plans to build 11 New Communities!

We did it! Our emails, tweets and messages to City Council paid off. Yesterday, Calgary City Council voted against the proposal to build 11 new suburban communities!

Read more about the City Council decision below:

CTV: Council Votes Down Plans for 11 New Communities

660 News: City Council Rejects Proposal for 11 New Developments

 

Thank you for working with us to keep our City Council accountable as we build a stronger Calgary together!

 

 

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