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. Working within a place-based framework to develop inclusive strategies to support Aboriginal individuals, families and extended families where they find themselves, ALIVE creates opportunities for urban Aboriginals in the city of Vancouver to fully engage as citizens in their neighborhoods and in the city as a whole. Founded in 2010, ALIVE now has over 800 Aboriginal members and counting! ALIVE strives to build effective partnerships and collaboratives, promoting initiatives and strategies that Enhance the experiences of both Aboriginal and non-Aboriginal communities. The recent Environics 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 and that they can make Vancouver a better place to live. The UAPS reports that for they feel success means a balanced life, close to family and friends, raising healthy, well-adjusted children who contribute positively to the community. A large proportion of Aboriginal peoples in our city report multiple barriers to participation, including feelings of stigmatization and negative experiences accessing supports and resources such as housing, education, childcare and employment. 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.
ALIVE society is committed to engaging the principles of a place-based philosophy to foster equitable and inclusive communities for Aboriginal peoples in Vancouver. As a resource to the community we have created a document outlining the philosophy as well as specific place-based contexts and practises. Download a PDF of our place-based 2 pager here
Or check out our Reconciliation in Action Booklet to learn more about the collective impact, place-based work of ALIVE and our partners
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.
Have you heard about Vancouver's Healthy City for All Strategy yet? The Healthy City for All Strategy is a framework to work towards a Vancouver where everyone can thrive.
The City of Vancouver recently launched the “Talk Healthy City for All” engagement process for the Healthy City Strategy. This is your chance to take part and get involved.
The City of Vancouver is asking you to share your bold and innovative ideas for reaching the Strategy’s targets over the next decade - on the online forum, through social media, at in-person ideas labs, or by hosting your own event.
Visit www.vancouver.ca/healthycity4all for more details - watch the video, check out the goals and targets, sign up for a SoapBox account and start posting your best and boldest ideas (and vote, comment and add to others). City staff and the Healthy City for All Leadership Table will be listening.
Plus, you could win a chance to discuss your idea with local and global social innovators at the Social Innovation Exchange Ideas Festival on May 30, or learn additional skills to turn your idea into action with a scholarship to attend the THNK Creative Leadership workshop hosted by FUEL on May 30!