Scott Clark Speaks on CKNW about the Need for a Strategy to Support Aboriginal Youth

Recently, CKNW contacted ALIVE ED, Scott Clark, to hear ALIVE’s thoughts on the recently released report by the BC Child and Youth Rep, Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond. In it, Turpel-Lafond presents the case of a 14-year old Aboriginal youth, who, like many others, was failed by a dysfunctional child protection system. Click on the link below to hear Scott discuss how we can re-align the current ineffective framework and coordinate a place-based strategy that will deliver a continuum of support to our most vulnerable youth and ensure that they do not continue to “fall through the cracks”.

Scott on CKNW With Simi Sara

If you’d like to read more about the circumstances of the case, find the original report here

Mother’s Panel on the MCFD

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ALIVE directors Carol Martin, Marilyn McKee, and Melanie Lecoy recently shared their knowledge and experience in dealing with the Ministry of Children and Family Development in a “Mother’s Panel” discussion for ACCESS TV.

 

 

ALIVE Director Carol Martin, a Remarkable Woman

ALIVE Director Carol Martin was recently nominated as a Remarkable Woman in the Vancouver Parks Board series. See the feature here.

Another ALIVE Director, Lorelei Hawkins, was selected as a Remarkable Woman in 2013. See her story here.

ALIVE is extremely lucky to have the guidance of these two (and many more) Remarkable Women.

Former ALIVE president Ambrose Williams continues to fight Northern Gateway Pipeline

Former ALIVE president and youth representative Ambrose Williams is continuing to play a part in resisting the construction of Enbridge’s Northern Gateway pipeline. The pipelines, recently approved by a federal review panel, would cross the traditional territories of Aboriginal peoples and broach pristine forests and waters on its path from Alberta’s oilsands to Kitimat, BC.

Read the full story by Carlito Pablo at The Georgia Straight.

Vancouver Foundation Partners for Gen 7 Project, and introducing Vancouver’s 2014 Gen 7 Messengers!

 

The Vancouver Foundation has recently joined ALIVE and our partners (including Motivate Canada, Parks Board, the City of Vancouver, the UN Permanent Forum on Indigenous Issues and 8 Vancouver Community Centres) in supporting the Gen 7 Aboriginal Youth Role Model Program. We are pleased to have the support of the Vancouver Foundation on this exciting project, and are looking forward to see how Gen 7 grows and develops in the new year!

At this time, we would also like to introduce the 2014 Gen 7 Youth Messengers and some of the fantastic team members supporting them in this project:

From the back left row: Jacky Hendry, Mark Clayton, Jordan Guy, Phabion Sutherland, Brittany Ross, Rebekah Wilson National Office, Raven Hall, Front Row: Joyce Wesley, Elder Lorelei Hawkins, Sherrie Gladstone and Jenelle McMillan Program Coordinator.

 

Exciting News for Gen 7!

ALIVE’s Gen 7 team has been enjoying a little early holiday cheer! A proposal submitted by ALIVE youths to the United Nations on behalf of the Gen 7 Aboriginal youth leadership program was approved and supported by a United Nations committee.
 
We are very excited to add the United Nations to our team of supporters which includes the City of Vancouver, Vancouver Park Board, Motivate Canada, Our Place, FNES, and 8 Vancouver Community Centres (Ray Cam, Hastings, Strathcona, Britannia,Trout Lake, Dunbar, Roundhouse,and Mount Pleasant). In addition, we have Ryerson, Queens, and Nippising University working with us on a special national research project concerning Urban Aboriginal engagement in 5 Park Board community centres.
 

ALIVE Board 2013-2014

ALIVE is pleased to introduce the Board for 2013-2014

ALIVE Board of Directors 2013-2014

 

President: Ernie Crey

 

Vice President: Penny Kerrigan

 

Treasurer: Marilyn McKee

 

Secretary: Clayton Brown

 

Board Members:

Lorelei Hawkins

Carol Martin

Bill Lightbown

 Grace Tait

Rob Morgan

Melanie Lecoy

Devon Webster

Zee Baker

Youth Representatives:

Cassandra Simeon

Kurtis McKee

GEN 7 Fundraiser @ Pidgin Restaurant

On November 5th, 2013, ALIVE, with the much-appreciated support of Pidgin restaurant, hosted a fundraiser to support the growth of our innovative Gen7 youth role model program.  Currently in its second round, we have expanded the program to include three more community centres and three additional youth for a total of 8 Gen 7 Messengers in 8 CCs. The turnout was excellent!

 

In attendance were local residents, city councillors, representatives from Motivate Canada/ Gen7, CUPE, the First Nations Employment Society (FNES), the Inner City Safety Society, and many more! We would like to thank everyone for their help in growing  GEN7.

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Speaking up for BC’s Aboriginal Youth

A recent report from BC’s Representative for Children and Youth Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond has exposed spectacular misspending and inaction by the BC government and the Ministry of Children and Families around the issue of improving services for Aboriginal youth in care. The report, When Talk Trumped Service: A Decade of Lost Opportunity for Aboriginal Children and Youth in BC, was presented to the BC Legislature on November 6th, 2013 and is available to read here (summary reports available from the Tyee and The Globe and Mail).

ALIVE has been pleased to be a part of the conversation surrounding the findings and recommendations of the report, and believes in the necessity of a new, integrated service model to improve the lives of Aboriginal children in care. Read about it in The Tyee, The Vancouver Sun, watch the report and the follow-up report on Global News, or listen to the conversation on CKNW (interview starts at 18 minute mark).