Part of the work of the Edmonton Social Planning Council is to provide opportunities for citizens to engage in their community. Through understanding the various positions candidates hold on issues, voter can make informed decisions. Earlier this month we asked the candidate for the upcoming 2017 municipal election to answer one question related to poverty elimination. Candidates were advised that their answers would be shared verbatim.
Candidates were asked the following question, “Can you please identify what the City of Edmonton’s top priorities should be to reduce poverty in our community?” Here are the responses that we received.
The 2017 national Vital Signs report looks at the many ways that community-level systems affect people’s sense of inclusion. Drawing on a wealth of community knowledge, the publication unpacks the impact of rising housing costs, wage gaps, wealth inequality, and a lack of faith in public institutions on belonging, most notably for newcomers, visible minorities and Indigenous Peoples
Click link to view report: https://issuu.com/communityfoundationsofcanada/docs/cfc026_vitalsignsreport_en_single_s
Click here to view webpage: http://communityfoundations.ca/vitalsigns/belonging
The Edmonton Vital Signs report will be launched Friday, October 6, 2017.
Please join the board and staff of the Edmonton Social Planning Council to celebrate our accomplishments of the past year and to hear about upcoming activities of the Council.
At this event, EPSC will be conducting an election to replace non-returning board members and potentially filling our board complement to a maximum of 12. This year we have four open positions for new board members to be elected to their first 2-year term.
Also featuring a keynote presentation by Cheryl Whiskeyjack of the Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society:
"This is not new"
The executive director of Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society is engaged in finding ways of tracking the progress of their programmes to determine how their traditional approach to healing in one area has influenced practices in other programmes. Through traditional ways of being and knowing they help children, youth, and families. These healing practices are not new. They provide insight for other agencies, and government services, to better understand the people they are dealing with by becoming a participant in these healing practices. Cheryl has been a strong voice for change in the ways we all deal with cultural traditions. Bent Arrow's new focus on documenting how these practices have changed the effectiveness of other programmes is revealing new opportunities to expand the scope of their efforts through traditional ways of knowing and doing.
Although it is possible to be nominated to the ESPC Board from the floor at the AGM, candidates who fill out the application form by May 11th, 2017, can ask questions of the ESPC Membership and Board Development Committee and will have a short biography included in the AGM hand out. We look forward to hearing from you.
25 May at 17:30–19:00
University of Alberta, Education South Room 158
Parking is available in the Education Car Park. Transit options are available via bus or LRT.
ESPC's 2016 annual report will fill you in on the best parts of our work in 2016. Highlights of our work include the publication of Needs and Gaps in Services of Edmonton's LGBTQ Population, VitalSignsTM, and our two living wage reports: More than Minimum: Calculating Edmonton's Living Wage 2016 and Calculating Edmonton's Living Wage: Other Family Types 2016 Update.
ESPC staff have also been involved in numerous committees and coalitions, and have volunteered their time at two Homeless Connect events as well as the October 2016 point-in-time Homeless Count.
Building our success on our new strategic framework, ESPC is proud to continue its work informing social justice work in Edmonton as it fulfills its mission of A community in which all people are full and valued participants.
Canadians for a Civil Society, in partnership with MacEwan University, NAIT, and the Indo-Canadian Women’s Association invite you to a symposium on “Building Empathy and Conquering Apathy” that will bring together educators, policymakers, human rights advocates, academics, non-profit and front-line service workers. We will collaborate to prevent human-rights violations in Canada through exploring promising approaches such as empathy-based human-rights education.
Please enrol for the Symposium through EVENTBRITE.CA.