SafeLink Alberta wants to draw attention to the ongoing harm that colonialism causes Indigenous people and communities on this Canada Day. The health and wellbeing of Indigenous peoples in Canada are still significantly affected by stigma and discrimination, the legacy of forced displacement, abuse, and disruption of traditional culture in residential schools, and the associated intergenerational trauma.
SafeLink Alberta acknowledges that we work and live on the traditional territories of the Niitsitapi, including Siksika, Kainai, and Piikani, the Tsuut’ina and the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations, and boundaries of the land of the Cree, Sioux, and the Saulteaux bands of the Ojibwa. Southern Alberta is also the homeland of the Métis Nation within Region III. As settlers on this land, it is essential to recognize Indigenous Peoples as the traditional stewards of this land and the enduring relationship between Indigenous Peoples and their traditional territories.
As an organization, we are actively working to disrupt colonial structures by examining our systems and working to reduce barriers. Our services strive to engage Indigenous communities along a path of wellness and healing through support services for people experiencing risks such as being without housing, substance use, mental health concerns, isolation, and lack of support and care.
SafeLink Alberta offers Strong Voices as a culturally informed outreach and support program for Indigenous communities.
We offer cultural connection, case management, crisis support, referrals, and free harm reduction supplies. To access these services email firstname.lastname@example.org.