Authentic Indigenous Arts Resurgence Campaign

“The Authentic Indigenous Arts Resurgence Campaign (The “ARC”) is an Aboriginal Tourism B.C. (“AtBC”) initiative aimed at promoting and supporting authentic Indigenous artworks in the retail and wholesale marketplace.”

This exciting initiative helps to raise awareness about the economic and cultural value that indigenous arts and crafts hold for indigenous communities and educates consumers about the positive impact of purchasing authentic indigenous arts. When you buy items with the authentic indigenous logo, you know the artist is being fairly compensated.

 

For more information check out the website: http://authenticindigenous.com

 

If you are an artist, you can fill out the online Artist Registration on the Authentic Indigenous Arts website

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ALIVE Advocating Aboriginal Representation in DTES Non-profits

In the wake of the media attention surrounding Portland Hotel Society’s financial accountability and leadership issues, Scott Clark (ALIVE ED) talks with the Georgia Straight about what real, meaningful inclusion of Aboriginal people looks like in Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside.

 “I’ve seen that with so many of these groups in the Downtown Eastside. They tokenize us, they use us for prayers and for openings, and they talk about unceded territory. But when it comes to having a critical aboriginal voice at the table, it’s rare.”- Scott Clark

 

Read full article here

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ALIVE DTES LAP Community Forum

The DTES Local Area Plan is slated to go before Vancouver City Council on March 12th. This plan will create a vision and strategy for shaping the future of the Downtown Eastside Community. 

ALIVE is pleased to present a community forum to bring the voice of the grassroots to the local area planning process. This forum will bring together community members to discuss the contents of the Local Area Plan, and share our visions for the future of our community.

City of Vancouver planners will be on hand to present the DTES Local Area Plan and address your questions and concerns. Food and refreshments will be provided. All welcome.

Join our event on facebook!

 

 

Documentary on NASCARZ

Check out this great documentary on our partners NASKARZ, another program of the place-based strategy. Naskarz provides automotive, social, and educational opportunities for young people from Vancouver’s Downtown Eastside. The program also teaches transferable work skills and has led to a decrease in auto thefts involving young people in the area.

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.

 

 

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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.

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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.