Michèle Audette, president of the Native Women's Association of Canada, was recently in Vancouver addressing the Unifor Canadian Council. ALIVE President, Ernie Crey, and Executive Director, Scott Clark, had the opportunity to meet with Audette to discuss key issues affecting Aboriginal women and urban Aboriginal residents in Vancouver as well as the work of ALIVE and our partners.
Audette has announced that she will be stepping down from the NWAC by the end of the year, as she will be seeking nomination in the Quebec riding of Manicouagan with the Liberal Party. Audette has been outspoken about the need for a national inquiry into missing and murdered Aboriginal women. Her presentation at the Unifor conference can be found here
Michèle Audette and Scott Clark
Michèle Audette and Ernie Crey
TICKETS AVAILABLE ON EVENTBRITE: http://www.eventbrite.ca/e/kids-cars-and-cops-tickets-13182869317
When: October 28th, 2014 4:00-6:00 PM
Where: Roundhouse Community Arts & Recreation Centre
NASKARZ is finishing off another great year with a fundraiser at the beautiful Roundhouse Community Centre in Vancouver. Our Kids, Cars and Cops: What could go wrong? event onOctober 28th, 2014, organized in partnership with Vancouver Police Foundation, hopes to raise $60,000 for the 2015 NASKARZ season. We invite you to join us on this date, celebrate the past successes and support our young people in the future.
Join us for a meet and greet with participants from 4:00 to 6:00pm (all ages); from 6:00pm onwards we are hosting an (adults only) with wine, refreshments, speakers anda Silent Auction!
NASKARZ (Never Again Steal KarZ) is a dynamic program for high-risk youth in Vancouver’s Inner City. Created by the community to deal with the high impact of auto-theft, the program works with youth to provide positive peer support, social activities and the skills needed to work in the auto mechanics field. Youth who have been involved in auto theft and joyriding work alongside car enthusiasts, kids interested in car culture, police and youth workers to learn the fundamentals of vehicle repair.
Charitable Tax Receipts available for donations over $20 from Ray-Cam Community Association #10787 4299 RR0001
ALIVE and Salish Sea Productions took the opportunity to interview each panelist at our Where Change Happens- Reconciliation in Action event that took place on June 20th, 2014.
In these short vignettes, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond, Dr. Evan Adams and Wendy Grant-John offer insight into the development of sustainable, evidence-based approaches to fostering the health and well-being of the urban Aboriginal population.
Currently under development is a legacy documentary project that will detail what 'reconciliation in action' looks like, highlighting the place-based work ALIVE is currently involved with in the community, as we work with our partners to connect services, reduce competition, and enhance access to opportunities, resources and services with our most vulnerable populations.
A Recent Ruling by the Federal Court of Appeal has upheld a Federal Court decision that found the Metis have the same rights as Status Indians under the Canadian Constitution. Those who are "non-Status Indian" were not included in the ruling. HANDS UP go to Congress of Aboriginal Peoples (CAP), and especially former leader Harry Daniels (RIP), for their work on this case.
A CBC News article from April 16, 2014 reports on the challenges associated with the current brain drain affecting Aboriginal communities, as young people migrate to urban centres for education and work opportunities, and other experiences outside of their home communities
"Nearly half of urban aboriginal people aged 18 to 24 say they have no plans to return home. Another 33 per cent are undecided"
READ MORE HERE: http://www.cbc.ca/news/aboriginal/brain-drain-challenges-first-nation-communities-across-canada-1.2611029