Red Deer Urban Aboriginal Voices Society

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Collaborative Groups

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How does it Work?

 

You are a voting member of UAVS if you are Indigenous and live within 53 km of Red Deer. We invite you to attend community gatherings and strategic conversations. Join our facebook to receive information about events and opportunities in Red Deer. Indigenous and non-Indigenous members work together on community identified priorities in the domain groups. Check the website to find the times and locations of domain group meetings. You are welcome to join the domain group that interests you. Members of domain groups choose a speaker to sit in the leadership circle. The Leadership circle members conduct the business of the society on behalf of members and guide the action of domain groups. They are advised by the advisory circles.

Housing Domain

Ensures that Indigenous people have access to safe and affordable housing and supports, serves as the collective voice of the Indigenous people in Red Deer and provide advocacy that will strengthen and improve access to appropriate and sustainable housing and supports for the First Nations, Métis and Inuit Peoples of Red Deer.

HOUSING@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Indigenous led advocacy to bridge the gaps of the current system, ensuring best practices to increase numbers of successfully housed Indigenous people in Red Deer.

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Educate landlords to reduce barriers to successfully house Indigenous people.

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Explore and encourage development of initiatives such as a Rent Bank and Rent Smart training to increase the number of people housed & increase housing stability

Education Domain

The mission of the education domain is to ensure that Indigenous community members involved in the education system will have their voices heard and collaborate with educational organizations to improve learning environments.

EDUCATION@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Develop a strategic action plan to facilitate the increased success of Indigenous students in Red Deer schools.
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Improve Indigenous family engagement in Red Deer Schools.
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Provide students with Indigenous cultural experiences in schools through Elders and knowledge keepers.
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Develop school environments that are inviting to Indigenous students.

Employment Domain

The Employment Domain focuses on increasing employment of Indigenous Peoples in Red Deer’s urban workforce through education, increased promotion and strengthening the Indigenous presence in the workforce.

EMPLOYMENT@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Educate employers about Indigenous culture to increase the recruitment and retention of Indigenous workers in Red Deer.
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Identify barriers to successfully employing Indigenous workers from business viewpoint to facilitate developing strategies to minimize or eliminate barriers.
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Collect current Indigenous employment statistics for baseline data.
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Review and incorporate Truth and Reconciliation Commission Calls to Action in Domain work.

Justice Domain

To ensure that Indigenous Peoples have access to culturally sensitive services that support them in the transition from correctional institutions into mainstream communities, to create systemic change in coordination with community partnerships to aid in breaking the cycle of criminalizing Indigenous people.

JUSTICE@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Development and implementation of the Indigenous Diversion program for use in Red Deer Provincial Court.
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Training of facilitators for Indigenous Restorative Circle Program.
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Advocacy for cultural safety within the Justice system.

Culture Domain

Working to ensure that Red Deer has an Indigenous Cultural knowledge base that is known and accessible to all. We embrace and are guided by cultural wisdom & traditional teachings to improve the lives of all people through preservation of culture and language and promotion of cultural sharing and building reconciliation.

CULTURE@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Develop a list of the ways UAVS can support the preservation and sharing of Indigenous culture and languages in Red Deer.
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Contribute to, promote and support Anti-racism programs.
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Creation of cultural space to ensure space for ceremony.
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Bringing Indigenous Governments together to increase access to culture & language in Red Deer.

Youth & Family Domain

The Youth and Family Domain focuses on family and individual healing by connecting families to community and culture.

YOUTH@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Develop strategic action plan to improve the lives of youth and families in Red Deer based on community needs identified priorities.
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Connecting families to culture and community. 
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Increasing support for families and youth by supporting culturally appropriate life skills programs and cultural awareness training for non-Indigenous support agencies.

Health Domain

The Health Domain works to ensure that Indigenous Peoples in Red Deer enjoy comprehensive high-quality healthcare through easy, seamless access to culturally competent medical and health services, cultural healing experiences and overall good health that enhances quality of life through the medicine wheel.

HEALTH@ABORIGINALVOICES.CA

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Research and develop list of mental health resources available and assess their cultural competency.
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Continue to support and encourage antiracism and Indigenous Awareness training for health services personnel to reduce racism.
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Continue to work to strengthen and improve communications between the street clinic and the hospital Emergency Department to improve patient care.

Governance Structure

How does it Work?

You are a voting member of UAVS if you are Indigenous and live within 53 km of Red Deer. We invite you to attend community gatherings and strategic conversations. Join our facebook to receive information about events and opportunities in Red Deer.

Indigenous and non-Indigenous members work together on community identified priorities in the domain groups. Check the website to find the times and locations of domain group meetings. You are welcome to join the domain group that interests you. Members of domain groups choose a speaker to sit in the leadership circle. The Leadership circle members conduct the business of the society on behalf of members and guide the action of domain groups. They are advised by the advisory circles.