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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Habitat for Humanity to Celebrate Canada’s 150th by Building 150 Homes Across Canada

Jimmy June CarterWith the help of Allegion Canada, Habitat for Humanity Canada’s announced its largest build project to date – the 34th Jimmy & Rosalynn Carter Work Project, which will be taking place in Alberta and every province and territory across Canada with the goal of collectively building 150 homes to mark Canada’s 150th anniversary. In addition to supporting Habitat Canada’s Carter Work Project with volunteers, Allegion Canada has donated enough locks for all 150 homes. Former U.S. President Jimmy Carter and his wife, Rosalynn, will be visiting Edmonton, Alberta to participate in the build from July 9-14, 2017, focusing their efforts in Edmonton, Alberta, and in Winnipeg, Manitoba.

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Alberta Emerald Foundation Announces 2017 Award Winners

Emerald-AwardsFor the past 26 years, the Emerald Awards have recognized and celebrated the outstanding environmental achievements of large and small businesses, individuals, not-for-profit associations, community groups, youth and governments. Uniquely Albertan, the Emerald Awards are the only award of their kind in our country, showcasing environmental excellence across all sectors. Each year from November until February, the Alberta Emerald Foundation receives Emerald Award nominations in 12 established categories.  A panel of knowledgeable judges with cross-sector experience carry out an independent evaluation based on established criteria and select the finalists and recipients.

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ACWS Announces New Workplace Training Program to Support Victims of Domestic Violence

domestic-violenceTo coincide with National Victims and Survivors of Crime Week (NVSCW)— from May 29th to June 2nd — the Alberta Council of Women’s Shelters (ACWS)  announced their newest training and educational outreach program. The training program, Domestic Violence and Your Workplace, educates employers and employees to recognize the signs of abuse and to make effective interventions on behalf of colleagues/staff facing domestic violence.

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ABMI Announces New Online Portal on Alberta’s Plants and Animals Now Available

ABMI-logoFor the first time, Albertans now have a resource at their fingertips that provides detailed information on hundreds of Alberta’s plant and animal species. Today, the Alberta Biodiversity Monitoring Institute (ABMI)—a global leader in biodiversity monitoring—released its online Data & Analytics Portal to provide easy access to the Institute’s extensive biodiversity-related data, reports, and maps. A key part of the ABMI Data & Analytics Portal is the ABMI Biodiversity Browser (BB), which presents more than 350 (and counting) full profiles of various bird, mammal, and vascular plant species. The goal is to have species profiles for the 2000+ species the ABMI collects data on. Each profile includes information on the species’ habitat preferences and how human activities, such as agriculture and forestry, affect its abundance. 

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