U of C hosts art exhibit for trans, non-binary, and gender-variant artists

Zac SlamsCalgary Artist Zac Slams is slamming down on under-exposure for trans artists.

Along with seven other creative minds, Slams is hosting an exhibit at the Women’s Resource Centre at the University of Calgary to showcase trans, non-binary and gender-variant artists. The exhibit will be going on from April to June, but Slams will be hosting a lunch-and-learn about the project titled Trans Pirate 4 Justice on April 7 at the centre. Online full articleDownload full article (pdf)

New film offers first-person perspective on Calgary immigrant experience

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U of Calgary Press - Researchers from the Department of Community Health Sciences joined Calgary Mayor Naheed Nenshi, families, and service providers at the Calgary Catholic Immigration Society’s Margaret Chisholm Resettlement Centre on April 26 to mark the youth-powered film premiere of The New CitizensOnline full articleDownload full article (pdf)

Youth give the Governor General an Earful

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The United Way London & Middlesex recently held a youth roundtable that created good opportunities for conversation between 60 or so youth and Governor General of Canada David Johnston.

As part of the Governor General’s Smart & Caring Nation initiative and his task force on volunteering and philanthropy, youth engaged in their community through work in local organizations and project spent the day talking about volunteering, philanthropy and community building. Their thoughts and recommendations will be included in the final report of the task force on volunteering and philanthropy.

Emanuela Bringi of our National Youth Advisory Board attended the event, finding it both inspiring and empowering. Click here for a feature in the local press, or follow up on the Voices blog in the near future for her take on the experience.

Photo Credit: Mark Spowart/Metro

Voices Against Violence youth researcher wins competition that showcases innovative ideas for off-reserve Aboriginal communities

Kate ElliottThe social innovation competition is part of the Off-Reserve Aboriginal Action Plan (ORAAP), which is an initiative of the BC provincial government. The goal of ORAAP is to address the socioeconomic gap between Urban Aboriginals and Métis  and their non-Aboriginal counterpart. This initiative is a partnership  BC Association of Friendship Centres, Metro Vancouver Friendship, Métis  Nation of British Columbia, Ministry of Aboriginal Relations and Reconciliation and Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. Kate Elliott is currently working one on this initiative to insure that the Métis  and youth voice is heard on this critical issue. Kate spoke on behalf of Métis Nation of British Columbia to congratulate Victoria Native Friendship Centre and speak to the importance of the ORAAP initiative. News article can be found here.

Our NYAB Youth at May 8 United Roundtable

The Voices against Violence national youth advisory board will have some representation at the upcoming United Way roundtable with his excellency David Johnston, Governor General of Canada. Emanuela Bringi of the NYAB, has been invited to attend a full-day roundtable that engages youth in discussions about volunteering, philantropy and community building. The event takes place on May 8, at Western University, and is part of the Governor General's Smart & Caring Nation Initiative, and hosted by the United Way's GenNext program.