The Vancouver Foundation has recently joined ALIVE and our partners (including Motivate Canada, Parks Board, the City of Vancouver, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and 8 Vancouver Community Centres) in supporting the Gen 7 Aboriginal Youth Role Model Program. We are pleased to have the support of the Vancouver Foundation on this exciting project, and are looking forward to see how Gen 7 grows and develops in the new year!
At this time, we would also like to introduce the 2014 Gen 7 Youth Messengers and some of the fantastic team members supporting them in this project:
ALIVE (Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement) Society exists to promote, enhance and foster the social, economic, and cultural well-being and health of Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver. ALIVE creates opportunities for urban Aboriginals in Vancouver to fully engage as citizens in their neighborhoods and city by working within a place-based framework to develop inclusive strategies to support Aboriginal individuals, families and extended families where they find themselves. Founded in 2010, ALIVE now has 626 Aboriginal members and counting!
ALIVE strives to build effective partnerships and collaborations and promote initiatives and strategies that enhance the experiences of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities in Vancouver. A recent Environics Institute Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study (UAPS) supports our findings that the majority of Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver feel empowered to contribute to community life within their neighborhoods -- we feel that we can make Vancouver a better place to live. The UAPS reports that for most Aboriginal peoples success means a balanced life close to family and friends, raising healthy well-adjusted children who contribute positively to their communities. Unfortunately, Aboriginal peoples in our city must overcome multiple barriers to participation in communities, including feelings of stigmatization and negative experiences accessing supports such as housing, social assistance and child welfare. ALIVE believes that, using a place-based strategy, we can create avenues for Aboriginal citizens to have meaningful impacts in their communities and to negotiate their role in the urban ‘place’ on their own terms.