Vancouver Caravan to New Brunswick

ALIVE represented at Elsipogtog

Former ALIVE president and youth representative Ambrose Williams has been sharing regular updates on his journey as part of the Vancouver caravan to New Brunswick to support the people of Elsipogtog. The caravan is still fundraising for their journey back to BC. Ambrose’s update on his activities and a link to donate is available at this link.



Salish Sea Civilization Recognized in Georgia Straight’s Best of Vancouver 2013 Series

Above image: First Nations Settlements on the Salish Sea (in yellow) circa. 1792

The Salish Sea Civilization, a plan to celebrate First Nations history and demonstrate the rich cultures that flourished pre-colonization in what is now Vancouver, has recently been recognized by the Georgia Straight as a “Best of Vancouver” idea for city life.

ALIVE has continued to support the Salish Sea Civilization as a project that would celebrate and educate the public about the complex and diverse histories of the first nations peoples that have made Vancouver their home for some 10,000 years, and continue to do so today.

Find previous coverage on this project here and here.

Update on the Inner City Economic Strategy



ALIVE recently organized and took part in the 2013 Inner City Economic Strategy (ICES) meeting with friends, partners and fellow community members. ICES 2013 was a time for sharing and collaboration and provided a community update on key community projects underway. Topics around the theme of sustainable, inclusive economic development included SFU’s 100 communities dialogue on economic development, the DNC Street market and ALIVE’s Salish Sea Civilization among many innovative ideas and projects.

Find full coverage from AHA Media here.


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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
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.

Gathering our Voices

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The Gathering Our Voices Aboriginal Youth Conference is hosted by the BC Association of Aboriginal Friendship Centres (BCAAFC) and their Provincial Aboriginal Youth Council (BCAAFC – PAYC). The Conference will be held from March 18-21, 2014 in Vancouver, BC on the shared traditional territory of Musqueam, Squamish and Tsleil-waututh Nations at the Hyatt Regency Vancouver and Fairmont Vancouver Hotel.

This conference will bring up to 2000 youth (14-24years), chaperones, presenters and guests will network and learn new techniques and skills in workshops, share knowledge through cultural activities, witness performances by talented individuals, explore career and education possibilities and participate in sports and recreational activities.


For more info download the poster here

“Our Place” place-based strategy

Members of ALIVE, friends and partners recently completed work on a 1 hour television program detailing the work of the Our Place collaborative community building strategy in Vancouver’s inner city. Our Place- Where Change Happens aired this Saturday, August 24 on Shaw Community TV, but you can watch it here. Hands up to Sid Chow Tan, Deb Angrave, Dima Alansari and the team of volunteers who made this happen.


ALIVE is proud to be a part of the “Our Place” strategy working in Vancouver to build healthy communities and ensure residents in all Vancouver neighbourhoods enjoy every opportunity for success. Our Place is a collaborative project involving residents, community-based organizations and service providers dedicated to the goals of creating healthier families and children, and supporting social and economic well-being among vulnerable populations. 

To learn more about the Our Place strategy and initiatives please visit the Our Place website.

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

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.


AHA media link here

Georgia Straight coverage of the project here