A recent report from BC's Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has exposed spectacular misspending and inaction by the BC government and the Ministry of Children and Families around the issue of improving services for Aboriginal youth in care. The report, When Talk Trumped Service: A Decade of Lost Opportunity for Aboriginal Children and Youth in BC, was presented to the BC Legislature on November 6th, 2013 and is available to read here (summary reports available from the Tyee and The Globe and Mail).
ALIVE has been pleased to be a part of the conversation surrounding the findings and recommendations of the report, and believes in the necessity of a new, integrated service model to improve the lives of Aboriginal children in care. Read about it in The Tyee, The Vancouver Sun, watch the report and the follow-up report on Global News, or listen to the conversation on CKNW (interview starts at 18 minute mark).
ALIVE represented at Elsipogtog
Former ALIVE president and youth representative Ambrose Williams has been sharing regular updates on his journey as part of the Vancouver caravan to New Brunswick to support the people of Elsipogtog. The caravan is still fundraising for their journey back to BC. Ambrose's update on his activities and a link to donate is available at this link.
Members of ALIVE, friends and partners recently completed work on a 1 hour television program detailing the work of the Our Place collaborative community building strategy in Vancouver's inner city. Our Place- Where Change Happens aired this Saturday, August 24 on Shaw Community TV, but you can watch it here. Hands up to Sid Chow Tan, Deb Angrave, Dima Alansari and the team of volunteers who made this happen.
ALIVE is proud to be a part of the "Our Place" strategy working in Vancouver to build healthy communities and ensure residents in all Vancouver neighbourhoods enjoy every opportunity for success. Our Place is a collaborative project involving residents, community-based organizations and service providers dedicated to the goals of creating healthier families and children, and supporting social and economic well-being among vulnerable populations.
To learn more about the Our Place strategy and initiatives please visit the Our Place website.
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.
President: Grace Tait
Vice President: Penny Irons
Secretary: Ambrose Williams
Co-Treasurer: Devon Webster
Co-Treasurer: Melanie Lecoy