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Weekly News & Events October 12, 2020

Weekly News & Events: Oct. 12 - 17

Upcoming Events

Fall Assembly: Thurs. October 29 at 7pm.

This assembly will launch our public action on the City Budget and our action to advance Truth and Reconciliation through the creation of Indigenous Liaison Officers, as such it is an important Assembly to show up for.

For more information and to register please click here.

Our Alliance has had some great success stories in advocacy this year and we will gather online to mark these achievements. But, even more importantly, we will come together at this Assembly to advance the conversation about Calgary's budget; its relationship to the future of our city and the way in which our city and our police force can move towards Truth and Reconciliation, through the expansion of the Indigenous Liaison program. Mayor Nenshi is scheduled to speak among many others. I do hope you can join me for this moving event.

Here is the link to the registration page for the October 29th assembly.

Please share this with like minded friends. Thank you!

href="https://www.calgarycommongood.org/psychological_first_aid_training">Psychological First Aid: Sun. October 18 at 2pm - 4pm.

Our Psychological First Aid Training is full. If you are interested in attending a future training please email Jodi at [email protected] and once we have enough individuals interested, we will plan a future training.

 

Fundraising Training: Mon. October 19 at 7pm.

Money is a key ingredient towards turning the dreams and potential of your non-profit, synagogue, church and this Alliance into a flourishing reality. There is much good work to be done in our city and our organizations, that requires capital.

If you're interested in learning how to apply principles of community organizing to the process of raising money for Calgary Alliance’s fund-raising campaign, this training is for you. As a kick off training for the Calgary Alliance’s fund-raising campaign, it is intended both for leaders who want to participate in this campaign and for leaders from our member organizations who want to learn how to raise money to support the mission of their organizations.  

Free for all Calgary Alliance for the Common Good Members.

For more information and to register please click here.

 

How to Use Social Media Effectively for Public Life: Nov. 5: 7pm

Social media is a powerful tool. Join us for this training to learn how to use social media to both strengthen communications within your organization and for collective public action. This webinar will be facilitated by Alex Middleton and Annelise Klingbeil from Champion Communications.

For more information and to register please click here.

Foundations for Community Organizing: Monday's & Thursday's November 16-30: Register here.

 

 

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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

[email protected]

Chief Constable Neufeld

[email protected]

 

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 [email protected].

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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