The announcement of the North West Indigenous Council (NWIC) is welcome news for off-reserve Aboriginal communities in BC, including the 40,000 urban Aboriginal people living in Vancouver.
While there are several provincial Aboriginal groups including the First Nations Summit, Union of BC Indian Chiefs and Assembly of First Nations BC regional chief these organizations are dealing primarily with on-reserve issues.
Photo by: Wawmeesh G. Hamilton/Metro
According to NWIC president Ernie Crey (also the president of ALIVE): “what is really missing and is sorely needed is political advocacy for off reserve people"
The new society will serve as the political voice of BC's off-reserve Aboriginal population at the municipal, provincial and federal levels of government
Directors will represent the five (5) Regions in the province based on the current First Nations Health Regions
The constitution and bylaws and other documents were mailed to B.C. Registry Services on Tuesday
Read Wawmeesh G. Hamilton's coverage of NWIC in the Metro News: HERE
On March 4, 2015 a public celebration took place at Ray-Cam Community Centre, marking the formal kick-off of the Graduation Strategy. The event enabled key partners to meet the community and the general public, answer questions, and build overall community momentum to create a neighbourhood where children can thrive. Following the Public Forum, the Community was invited to attend a special performance of “Mistatim", a Red Sky Production, at the Russian Hall.
Our Place is a collaboration of community organizations, residents, First Nations, and local businesses, including ALIVE. Based at Ray-Cam Community Centre, our comprehensive approach starts with pre-natal care and healthy babies, through to early learning opportunities at local child care centres, and on to youth and family supports through the middle years to secondary school graduation. The Graduation Strategy establishes a holistic approach, working with parents to establish a culture of success in the inner-city. "Peer support for families is an important element of our comprehensive approach" says Marilyn McKee, president of the Ray-Cam Community Cooperative Association
Check out CBC's Coverage of the Graduation Strategy Launch:
Afterwards community members headed to the Russian Hall for dinner and a performance of, Mistatim, a production of Red Sky indigenous theatre, music and dance Company from Toronto
**Thank you to Dima Alansari for the Photos
“It’s a great idea, and the people who spearheaded it are to be commended for their efforts...To take the next step, it needs dedicated programing to sustain it.” - SCOTT CLARK, ALIVE
FULL ARTICLE BY WAWMEESH G. HAMILTON/ VANCOUVER COURIER
We had a great turnout for ALIVE's 2014 AGM! Thanks to everyone who joined us...
We are pleased to announce the ALIVE Board of Directors for 2014-2015
President: Ernie Crey
Vice President: Penny Kerrigan
Treasurer: Clayton Brown
Secretary: Devon Webster
The evening began with dinner and a screening of "Our Place, Our Children", a short documentary that follows Caprice, an indigenous youth who suffered a critical crisis in 2012, and the important family figures who supported her through her recovery process.
This film is a collaboration between Caprice and Melanie Rita Lecoy (ALIVE board member), Aboriginal Life in Vancouver Enhancement Society(ALIVE), Our Place, Raycam Community Centre, and Salish Sea Productions. It was well-received by all ALIVE members.
Tristan Hopper of the National Post reports on the state of "Canada's poorest postal code", citing both ALIVE President, Ernie Crey and Executive Director, Scott Clark in a recent article
“We’ve made it Fortress Downtown Eastside; easy to get in, exceptionally hard to get out of,” says Ernie Crey, president of the AREA’S Aboriginal Life In Vancouver Enhancement Society (ALIVE).