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Who Cares?

This post brings attention to the faces of poverty and the real struggles that Calgarian's are dealing with every day. Franco writes about ways we can avoid becoming complacent about poverty and poverty reduction, and lists three ways we can truly can make a difference for those living in poverty in communities across the city.

Basic Income, Let's Continue the Conversation...

Giving people more choice is part of a larger conversation, and I think if we truly intend to reduce poverty under the framework of human rights and social justice we need to focus on restoring dignity. Being poor carries a social stigma, and implementing a basic income for all would restore dignity for a lot of people.

My Thoughts from the 3rd Annual Poverty Reduction Summit

Community Advocate Hilary Chapple discusses her key takeaways from this year's annual poverty summit.

A Week in the Life of an Indigenous Strategist

I am building connections and helping to create a plan that moves us towards our goal with the Enough For All Strategy. I have attended meetings and held an information session so that we can better understand the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People. I have lived in Calgary many years still get asked a lot of questions.

A tso tsi i ka kiman (Combined Effort)

Ani ta pisi is part and parcel of a creation story but it can also illustrate how the Western worldview can connect with the Indigenous worldview. Much of the work that Amanda and I have been doing with Vibrant Communities Calgary is reflective of the Blackfoot language and culture.

Aa stse tso to piis poo kaiks (First day of school for children)

For some children, the first day of school is eagerly anticipated. It’s a chance to show off shiny new backpacks and sneakers, greet old friends, and meet new teachers. For several First Nation, Metis and Inuit children across Canada, the experience of going to school has not always provided such high hopes, from children and parents alike.

Maaks stsi nat to topi (Why did I have to go to residential school?)

“A lot of people say, “OH, in residential school our kids always smile.” I call that the smile of fear. You have to smile. That’s the smile of fear. I became one of them. For the longest time I didn’t have a real smile.” -former student David Belleau

Honouring the Truth, Reconciling for the Future

Aboriginal and non Aboriginal Canadians are completely interconnected on this major issue. We need to connect, appreciate, and understand. We must heal our mutual brokenness together.

Nipo wa akais skoo to (Blackfoot phrase – Summer has returned)

In an urban setting like Calgary, National Aboriginal Day events, such as barbecues, pipe ceremonies, information sessions, cultural competency training, and others, can fill a gap for families who may be unable to return to their home communities for celebrations like Treaty Days and Powwows and ceremonial events like Sundances or Sweats.

Kimma pi pit sinni (compassion/kindness)

‘Kimma pi pit sinni,’ reflects a broader spectrum of how society should treat each other in an ideal world. Siksika Elders would say, “a kimmis ma ta piktsi kyook stawap si iiso tsika” or “be kind to people you will be rewarded in the future” and the parallelism to that is the “laws of compensation” which hold the same concept.