October is Disability Employment Awareness Month – More Government Action Needed

Inclusion-AlbertaInclusion Alberta applauds The Honourable Irfan Sabir, Minister, Community and Social Services and the Alberta government for recognizing October as Disability Employment Awareness Month (DEAM) and the hopes and dreams of individuals with developmental disabilities for meaningful employment. Inclusion Alberta would now like to see a renewed commitment by the Alberta government in becoming a leader in inclusive hiring and job development for individuals with developmental disabilities.

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Special Olympics Alberta Celebrates 37th Annual Awards

Special-OlympicsSpecial Olympics Alberta celebrated its 37th Annual Awards and AGM at Four Points Sheraton Edmonton South, 7230 Argyll Rd NW. The event inspired over 200 guests which included the athletes, coaches and supporters like Alberta Sheriff’s Chief Lee Newton, Edmonton Police Services Deputy Chief Brian Simpson, RCMP Assistant Commissioner Marlin Degrand, and Olympic medalist, Jamie Salé.

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Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS) Launches Elections 2017 Campaign, #LiftHerUp

Lift-Her-Up-CampaignThe Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters is launching its 2017 Municipal elections campaign: #LiftHerUp. The campaign was created by directors of Alberta’s forty-one women’s shelters in 2016, responding to violent and hateful chants outside the Alberta Legislature. The campaign is a call to action to end sexist and violent language and behaviours towards women in public life – during and beyond the upcoming municipal elections.

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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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