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 happening now!

Artists in the Atrium (AITA) is an ongoing event that promotes, supports and showcases arts and culture in the Downtown Eastside. The events will include performance showcases, art workshops and an art market. AITA will be in place at the Woodward’s Atrium (@ Hastings and Abbott) August 1 through October 13 2013.

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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

Our Place and ALIVE- Creating a Culture of Success for Children Living in Vancouver’s Inner City

 Our Place is a collaboration of residents, community-based organizations, and service providers committed to ensuring that  children living in Vancouver’s inner city have every opportunity for success.  ALIVE is an active partner in the Our Place initiative.

Our Place service hubs are Ray-Cam Community Centre at 920 East Hastings, the Network of Inner City Community Services Society at 877 East Hastings, and Strathcona Community Centre at 604 Keefer Street. To find out more go to

Struggling Urban Aboriginal Youth in Vancouver’s Eastside

Depression Suicide

ALIVE members, friends and partners call for meaningful action in the wake of incidents of self-harm and a “suicide pact” by struggling urban Aboriginal youth in Vancouver.


Apartheid System of Programs Blamed for Youth Suicide Pact

When 30 Youths Contemplate Suicide, it’s Time to Act

Aboriginal Organization Blames Suicide Pact on Apartheid

Aboriginals [sic] Demand Access to Mainstream Services After Youth Suicide Pact

Aboriginal Children Make Suicide Pact

Child Suicide Pact Draws Criticism

Groups Demand Help After Youth Form Suicide Pact

Community Groups Want Action After Youth Suicide Pact Discovered in BC

Vancouver Aboriginal Youth Suicide Pact Symptom of a Sick System

Teen Suicide Pact in Vancouver’s Grandview-Woodlands Prompts Calls For Action