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.