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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.

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).

 

 

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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.

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.

coverage:

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

 

 

 

ALIVE stands with DTES residents, community groups and local businesses to end bullying, harassment and intimidation in the DTES.

On Thursday July 11th at 10:00 AM in Pigeon Park, over 15 residents associations, community economic development non-profits, family and cultural service organizations, aboriginal organizations and various other non-profits from the DTES stood in solidarity to respond to the vandalism, intimidation, harassment and targeted pickets that have taken place lately. This is the statement that we have jointly released.

A Joint Call for respectful community discourse, free from vandalism, intimidation and slander.

ALIVE’s Executive Director Scott Clark spoke at the gathering, along with representatives from various community groups and residents.

View video coverage from CBC news here.

And a story from the National Post here.

The event was also covered in the gastown gazette. Read story here.

and a piece by Wes Regan, Executive Director of Hastings Crossing BIA here.

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New Vancouver Community Centre Funding Model Approved After 9 Hour Public Meeting

ALIVE’s Executive Director, Scott Clark, spoke at the public meeting on Feb. 4th in favour of pooling community centre revenues and services. It ended with the city’s park commissioners voting to go ahead with implementing the new funding model which the park board states will create equity between have and have-not community centres. The proposal was met with much opposition.

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