September 25-30 is Truth and Reconciliation Week
RESOLVE Alberta is committed to embracing the Truth and Reconciliation Commision of Canada's Calls to Action and recognizes education and learning as vital first steps towards reconciliation. Join us in honouring Indigenous voices and recognizing the children lost and the survivors of the residential school system in Canada.
From Sept. 25th to 29th, the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation will be offering daily "Lunch and Learn" sessions to support learning about the impact of Canada's colonial history and the experiences of Indigenous Peoples from Indigenous knowledge keepers. For more information and to register, click here.
The University of Calgary's Office of Indigenous Engagement and the Calgary Public Library are offering both in-person and online events to mark the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, also known as Orange Shirt Day. This year's events will be held on Sept. 29th and include a presentation from Cadmus Delorme, a Cree and Saulteaux and former chief of Cowessess First Nation, titled, “What We Inherited and Better Understanding Our Role in Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action” as well as a screening of the film Beans, directed by Tracey Deer. Beans is a based on true events and follows the story a Mohawk girl during the 1990 resistance at Kanehsatà:ke, otherwise known as the Oka Crisis. The film premiered at the Toronto International Film Festival (TIFF) in 2020 and was honoured as one of TIFF’s Top 10 Canadian films and received the TIFF Emerging Talent Award and TIFF's Rising Star. More information is available here.
RESOLVE Alberta congratulates Corinne Ofstie and Haley Scott! More below!
AASAS Announces co-CEOs Will Lead Organization
The Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) Board of Directors, is pleased and excited to announce the appointment of co-CEOs to lead the organization.
The co-CEO model encourages the sharing of leadership to create stronger outcomes. The strengths of co-CEOs are many, but a central strength is that it brings together contrasting yet complementary styles and skillsets that can provide for a more holistic vision and broader capacity. The co-CEO model will bolster the Association’s commitment to teamwork, collaboration, and relationship and staff capacity building.
As of September 1st, 2023, Corinne Ofstie and Haley Scott will be transitioned from their Director positions to CEO of Strategic Initiatives and CEO of Operations. Both Corinne and Haley have a solid understanding of the work of AASAS, and they bring a wealth of experience and diverse skills and abilities to their new roles. The Board and current CEO, Deb Tomlinson are confident that their leadership will continue to enhance AASAS as we move into the future.
More information about Corinne Ofstie and Haley Scott and AASAS can be found here
Honouring the life and legacy of Margaret Newall
Margaret was an extraordinary philanthropist, educator and advocate for women and children. As co-founder of the Prairieaction Foundation, Margaret raised vital funds to support the RESOLVE Network. Margaret's inspiring efforts to support research and education in the areas of domestic violence and supporting women and children to overcome adversity are beyond measure. To read more about the positive, long-lasting impacts of Margaret Newall's life and work, click here
Domestic abuse is violent or abusive behaviours in an intimate, dependent or trusting relationship. Depending on the place and context, that could refer to family violence or intimate partner violence.
It can happen to anyone.
These behaviours can be physical, verbal, emotional or psychological, financial, sexual, spiritual neglect, control, force isolation, confinement, or stalking. These behaviours can happen in private or in front of others.
Resources and supports are available for anyone experiencing domestic abuse. Learn more about domestic violence and get help at alberta.ca/FamilyViolence
Using the link above Albertans can:
- Check whether their partner has an abusive past
- Get tips on how to stay safe if they are living in or planning to leave an abusive relationship
- Get financial help with costs to leave
- Get help to end their rental agreement without penalty
- Find emergency shelters and temporary housing
Help for Victims of Crime: New Alberta Victims of Crime Assistance Program
If you have been a victim of a violent crime, help is available through the Government of Alberta at every step of your recovery. This includes immediate help, victim services units who can guide you through the justice system, and government programs that offer financial assistance, counselling and supports.
The new Alberta Victims of Crime Assistance Program is designed as a flexible and scalable suite of supports and services aligned with the diverse and changing needs of victims of crime.
Additional information on the Alberta Victims of Crime Assistance Program as well as a new application form, designed to ensure an applicant may apply easily for assistance, supports, and/or services based on their individual needs, can be found here
Additional information can also be accessed via email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or by phoning 780-427-7217
National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence
Women and Gender Equality Canada is pleased to share that today, the Federal-Provincial-Territorial (FPT) Forum of Ministers responsible for the Status of Women announced their endorsement of the National Action Plan to End Gender-Based Violence (GBV). The endorsement of the 10-year National Action Plan to End GBV is a concrete step fulfilling a long-standing commitment by FPT governments to work together towards a Canada free of GBV; a Canada that supports victims/survivors and their families no matter where they live.
The National Action Plan was made possible through years of engagement with you and your teams – the GBV organizations, victims/survivors, front-line service providers, GBV experts, academics, and advocates. With your continued support, the FPT governments will implement the National Action Plan in a way that responds to the evolving needs and emerging issues for those impacted by GBV.
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HeLTI Canada was developed in partnership with the World Health Organization and is one of four separate but harmonized studies focused on developing evidence-based interventions that span from preconception across pregnancy and into the postpartum period and early childhood. Their purpose is to evaluate whether technology-based care can improve the health of families before pregnancy (preconception), during pregnancy, and into early childhood and promote child development while preventing obesity and chronic diseases.
They are recruiting women and their partners who are planning to have a baby in the next 3 years and live in the provinces of Ontario (cities of Toronto, Ottawa, and Hamilton and the health regions of Durham, York, Peel, Halton, and Niagara) and Alberta (Edmonton, Red Deer, Calgary and surrounding area)