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).

 

 

Children and Youth Rep, Mary-Ellen Turpel Lafond, Speaking at UBC

Representative of Children and Youth, Mary Ellen Turpel LaFond, is speaking tonight (September 12th) at UBC on the topic of Aboriginal child welfare practices. She praises the innovative work we do through our place-based strategy. We’re looking forward to listening in.
More info on her talk at UBC here http://cstudies.ubc.ca/public-lectures/vancouver-human-rights-lecture.html
Check out the recent interview we did with her around innovative child welfare practices through Our Place.

Mary Ellen Turpel-Lafond from Dima Alansari on Vimeo.

ALIVE continues to work towards a Salish Sea Village in Vancouver

On this August 15 we are organizing an evening meeting to consult with artists, residents and others who want to assist in building the Salish Sea Village initiative. We will continue to keep all posted. We welcome all voices in this project, if you’re interested in getting involved in this or any project please contact us by email at info@alivesociety.ca.

Many thanks go to City of Vancouver, Inner City Economic Strategy, the DTES LAPP and others for their support.

read more about the Salish Sea Village initiative in the Globe and Mail.

and see previous coverage of the Village here.

Aboriginal Artists in the Atrium

Hendrik Beune of AHA MEDIA speaks with Scott Clark of ALIVE and Our Place as well as  West Coast First Nations Artists David Morrison and Matthew James. David and Matthew are set to attend artist workshops with Lou-Ann Neel of CACV and be a part of the upcoming Aboriginal Artists in the Atrium presented by the Vancouver Moving Theatre.

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AHA media link here

Georgia Straight coverage of the project here