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  • 2019 Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice

    2019 Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice

    The Edmonton Social Planning Council (ESPC) is an organization committed to undertaking social research for the benefit of the entire community. We recognize many individuals and groups in our community also work tirelessly to advocate for programs in parallel to the ESPC vision of a just and inclusive community. The ESPC’s annual Award of Merit recognizes an individual, or group, Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    2018 Vital Topics - The Arts

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton.  This edition focuses on The Arts. ARTS include a wide variety of creative disciplines including: Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Senior Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs 2018

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, Vital Topics, that are timely and important to Edmonton - specifically Women, Sexual Orientation and Gender Identity in Edmonton, Visible Minority Women, and Senior Women. Each of these topics appear in Read More
  • CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    CBC News - Living wage in Edmonton is going up but that isn't good

    Radio Active with Adrienne Pan Interview with Sandra Ngo, Edmonton Social Planning Council. Click here to listen to the interview   Read More
  • Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    Media Release: Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update

    June 21, 2018 For Immediate Release Edmonton Living Wage 2018 Update Contending with Costs For the first time in 2 years, the living wage for Edmonton has risen. For 2018, an income earner must make $16.48 per hour to support a family of four, an increase of $0.17 per hour from last year’s living wage. The living wage is intended Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    2018 Vital Topics - Sexual Orientation & Gender Identity

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • 2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    2018 Vital Topics - Visible Minority Women in Edmonton

    Edmonton Vital Signs is an annual check-up conducted by Edmonton Community Foundation, in partnership with Edmonton Social Planning Council, to measure how the community is doing. This year we will also be focusing on individual issues, VITAL TOPICS, that are timely and important to Edmonton. Watch for these in each issue of Legacy in Action, and in the full issue Read More
  • More Alberta families worked part-time, or part year, as the province’s oil economy took a downturn, Statistics Canada study shows

    More Alberta families worked part-time, or part year, as the province’s oil economy took a downturn, Statistics Canada study shows

     By Catherine GriwkowskyStarMetro Edmonton Thu., May 17, 2018 Original Article - click here EDMONTON—Pipeline inspector and project manager turned stay-at-home dad Chad Miller is pinning his family’s future on the approval of the Kinder Morgan pipeline as he searches for work to pay off debt. “I’ve got more qualifications than I know what to do with and I can’t even get Read More
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(Edmonton) Two youth groups addressing the issue of gay straight alliances in schools and homelessness and poverty are this year’s recipients of the Edmonton Social Planning Council’s (ESPC) Award of Merit for Advocacy of Social Justice.

The City of Edmonton Youth Council and the Youth Action Project on Poverty, John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights will be honoured during the ESPC’s annual general meeting at 5:30 p.m. May 21 at the Edmonton Public Library, Centennial Room.

This award is presented to honour forward-looking and courageous individuals and groups that in the face of controversy seek social justice for a defined community group or for the whole community.

“The ESPC Board wanted to recognize the advocacy work of youth in Edmonton during our 75th anniversary year, as a way to focus on the future not only our history,” said Erin LaRocque, an ESPC board member and selection committee member.

City of Edmonton Youth Council

The City of Edmonton Youth Council (CEYC) is a civic committee of 16 youth (ages 13 to 23) representing Edmonton youth to city council. CEYC empowers and mobilizes youth on issues through education, skill building and experience in local government. This year CEYC passed a motion against Bill 10 in its initial form, and then took the motion to the Edmonton City Council where it was passed unanimously. Bill 10 would have permitted Alberta school boards to prevent students from forming Gay-Straight Alliances. After advocating for community support, and organizing a public forum, We Are Listening, the Government of Alberta amended the bill consistent with the recommendations of the CEYC motion.

The Youth Council also played a role in creating the documentary film Through My Eyes, a look at the realities of at-risk, homeless youth in Edmonton. Directed by two young and up-and-coming film makers, the film premiered in front of a sold-out audience and has since been seen by thousands online around the world.

Contacts:

Claire Edwards, CEYC Chair     780-722-5583 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Andrew Knack, City Councillor 780-267-1442 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Youth Action Project on Poverty

This project was supported by the John Humphrey Centre for Peace and Human Rights, an Edmonton based non-profit group working to promote peace and human rights through education, events and programs. During the past year, the Centre worked with a number of young people participating in the Youth Action Project on Poverty. Youth spent five months broadening their understanding of poverty in Edmonton through a study tour of various social service agencies, street outreach programs, interviews and community presentations. The participants focused on issues such as justice, security, freedom and dignity, created a series of recommendations, and presented them to the Mayor’s Task Force for the Elimination of Poverty. As a result, city council passed a motion to review bylaws and enforcement that adversely impact people experiencing poverty.

This project was led by two urban Aboriginal youth who have struggled with poverty, criminalization and discrimination. They facilitated sessions, developed project outcomes and became significant role models for other participants. The work of the project will build on these recommendations throughout the coming year.

Contacts:

Stephenie White, youth participant

Maigan van der Giessen, Programs Coordinator, 780- 453-2638 or This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

 

ESPC is an independent, non-profit, non-partisan social research organization, with registered charitable status with a focus on social research, particularly in the areas of low income and poverty.

For more information:

Susan Morrissey

ESPC Executive Director

(780) 423-2031 x353 or (780) 218-7395 cell

This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Photos of both award recipients are available upon request.

 

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