The Impacts of the Overturning of Roe v. Wade on Individuals Experiencing Poverty

By Mariska Konnik   On June 24th, 2022, the United States Supreme Court ruled to overturn the Roe v. Wade decision that provided constitutional access to abortion across America for nearly 50 years. This landmark decision will limit the access to abortion...

Roe v. Wade: Implications and Impact for Abortion Access in a Canadian and Albertan Context

Many of us have been reeling with the seriousness from the United States Supreme Court’s overruling of Roe vs Wade, a ruling that has been in place since 1973, that is just shy of 50 years. Let that sink in. The ruling that has made it possible for countless people to...

Community Matters: June 2022

Note: This is excerpted from the July 2022 edition of our Community Matters publication.  Welcome to the second issue of our new quarterly publication, Community Matters. As with our inaugural issue in March 2022, Community Matters aims to inform the community about...

June 27th is the 51st Anniversary of Canadian Multiculturalism Day

By Jayme Wong Monday, June 27th, 2022 is Canadian Multiculturalism Day. Since 2002, this day marks and celebrates the contributions to Canadian society by individuals of various backgrounds and their diversity [1]. Placed between National Indigenous Peoples Day on...

Expanding Alberta’s Economy, Workforce and Global Advantage Through Student and Community Success

This report reviews the Alberta 2030 Economic Plan and the educational curriculums and systemic changes taking place in Alberta to progress the provincial agenda. The discussion follows a methodical and logical approach where connections and differences between the...

Audited Financial Statements

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"This event is likely to substantially shift the landscape regarding reproductive rights, causing a significant impact on women, girls/youths, trans, non-binary, and gender-expansive individuals, especially those experiencing poverty."

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"Is abortion legal in Canada? Yes. Does that mean abortion is easily accessed? No. "

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Our summer edition of Community Matters has been released!
We hope to play a part in shifting this mindset and amplifying the voices of those who felt very much unsafe, excluded, or isolated in their own communities for quite some time.
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COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

Managing Mental Health for Frontline Staff

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

Low Literacy - A Foundational Issue in our Society

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

COVID-19 and the Islamic Community in Edmonton

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Advocating for Inclusive Youth Services, Understanding YEG Youth Access Guidelines

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