Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society

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UAVS is Red Deer’s Indigenous governance structure. Leading through cultural ways, UAVS amplifies the voices of Indigenous people to take community action on important matters. We work collaboratively and cooperatively amongst ourselves, with governments and other organizations on issues and priorities affecting our community in Red Deer.

Our Story

  • 2019


    Funded by FCSS and AIR to work together in a good way with community members, Indigenous and non-Indigenous agencies,  and Governments to make a difference in the lives of Indigenous people


    • – Housing Domain makes recommendations to CHHIP plan
    • – Justice Domain completing the Indigenous Diversion Program for Provincial Court in Red Deer
  • 2018


    Funded by FCSS and AIR active domains and the elders counsel working on projects

    • – The Protocol Steering group committed to operationalizing the Protocol Agreement and advancing the TRC 94 Calls to Action
    • – Indigenous Community Facilitator hired to continue the mission of UAVS and build cultural competency with partners
    • – Communication Strategy completed
    • – develop policies to ensure sustainability of UAVS for the next seven generations.
    • – Domains: Housing,  Education,  Justice, Health, Employment active Asooahum Advisory Domain disbanded with completion of RDNFS housing project
    • – Advisory Circles: Elders and Youth Circles active.  Women’s Circle under development
    • – Housing Domain members participate in the Integrate Housing & Support Strategy development
  • 2016 - 2017

    2016 - 2017

    Funded by AIR to build collaboration between Indigenous and non-Indigenous stakeholders

    • – Priorities Action Plan identified from Community Strategic Plan
    • – A youth leadership workshop was provided January 7th, 2017 to launch the Youth Circle
    • – The Housing Domain partners funded by the Municipality to do a gap analysis on Indigenous homelessness and make recommendations to enhance the current Housing Framework
    • – Protocol agreement between UAVS and City of Red Deer signed
  • 2014


    The Employment Domain  funded by AIR to create an Aboriginal Employment Strategy

    • – Provided Attracting Aboriginal Talent workshops for non-Indigenous Employment Agencies.
  • 2013


    Urban Aboriginal Vioces Society incorporated as a society on November 4, 2013.


  • 2010 - 2012

    2010 - 2012

    Four action committees were established by local community leaders:

    • – The youth & Family Wellness committee-creates Youth Mentoring program.
    • -Cultural Understanding committee publishes an Indigenous Resource Directory.
    • -The Healing & Wellness committee begin advocacy for Asooahum project.
    • – Leadership and Elders committee  formulates the structure of  UAVS
  • 2008-2010


    Funded by Alberta Urban Municipalities Association, the Interlocutor, and ANFCA Red Deer Native Friendship Society brought community members and other stakeholders together to create the first dialogue on addressing Indigenous issues in Red Deer.