Wildcats Lead Change, Partner with ACWS to End Violence Against Women

ACWSAs the Edmonton Wildcats prepare for their first home game of the season on Saturday, August 26, the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) is pleased to announce our new partnership with them. The partnership will build on ACWS’s Leading Change™ call to action to end gender-based violence. ACWS will work with Wildcats players, coaches and staff as they become community ambassadors in the work to empower communities to stand up to everyday sexism and end violence against women.

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Next Generation of Indigenous Language Instructors in Alberta Get Funding Boost

Billy-Joe-LaboucanUniversity of Alberta-run set of courses designed to breathe new life into Alberta’s nine Indigenous languages was strengthened by the provincial government on July 25, 2017. David Eggen, Alberta’s minister of education, was on hand to announce a $665,000 grant for the Canadian Indigenous Language and Literacy Development Institute (CILLDI) to bolster the training of Indigenous language teachers who will return to their communities to enhance K-12 language education. All five of the courses taught under the CILLDI umbrella are part of a proposed Indigenous Languages Education Certificate being taught by Indigenous instructors over three weeks each summer.

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Nominate an Outstanding Volunteer for the 2017 Stars of Alberta Awards by September 15

Star-AwardsThe search is on for Alberta’s outstanding volunteers as nominations open for the 2017 Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards. Across the province, thousands of volunteers give generously of their time and talents to help make life better for others. We have all in some way benefited from the impact of the work of volunteers in our communities. If you have experienced the fun at a local festival or community event, have taken part in local minor sports, or watched the action at the neighbourhood arena, then your life has been touched by a volunteer. 

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Building Trades of Alberta Continues Strong History of Support for Diabetes Research

JDRF-logoThe Building Trades of Alberta Community Foundation has again donated $25,000 to JDRF Canada through the JDRF Northern Alberta Gala Dinner – Denim and Diamonds. Building Trades of Alberta Community Foundation continues to support the mission to improve the lives of 300,000 Canadians living with type 1 diabetes (T1D). Thanks to generous supporters such as the Building Trades of Alberta Community Foundation, JDRF Canada will continue to fund the best and the brightest diabetes researchers across the country. 

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The Alberta College of Social Workers Celebrates June 21 as National Aboriginal Day

ACSW-logoThe Alberta College of Social Workers (ACSW) acknowledges the Indigenous community as the First Peoples of Alberta. We acknowledge we are guests on Treaty Lands and we further acknowledge the role of social work in the past, the impacts of colonization and the trauma that remains today. The ACSW agrees with the call for new ways of working together. We appreciate the wisdom shared by the ACSW Indigenous Social Work Committee, the Indigenous community of Alberta, and the learnings of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission for a new path forward, a path that celebrates the traditional knowledge and diversity of Indigenous peoples in Alberta.

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