Celebrating National Indigenous Peoples Day with SafeLink Alberta 

Alisha OstbergBlog, human rights, Indigenous

Today, on National Indigenous Peoples Day, we at SafeLink Alberta honour and celebrate the vibrant cultures, histories, and contributions of Indigenous peoples in Canada. This day, held annually on June 21, coincides with the summer solstice—a day of great cultural significance for many Indigenous communities. 

 

Acknowledging Indigenous Cultures and Territories

Southern Alberta is home to a rich tapestry of Indigenous cultures. This land is the traditional territory of the Blackfoot Confederacy, including the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani Nations, Tsuut’ina, and the Îyâxe Nakoda Nations. It also borders the lands of the Cree, Sioux, and Saulteaux bands of the Ojibwa peoples. It is part of the homelands of the Métis Nation within Region III. These communities have demonstrated remarkable resilience and strength, having withstood centuries of colonial systemic violence while continuing to revitalize their languages, cultures, and traditions. 

 

SafeLink Alberta’s Commitment to Indigenous Communities

 At SafeLink Alberta, we recognize the enduring impacts of historical trauma, including the legacy of residential schools, forced displacements, and ongoing discrimination. These injustices have profoundly affected the health and well-being of Indigenous peoples. Our mission is to support Indigenous communities in Calgary and Medicine Hat by fostering wellness and healing through low barrier and culturally sensitive programs and services. 

We deeply value the expertise of individuals with lived and living experiences, including Indigenous peoples, and their insights are integral to every stage of our work, from the initial framing to the delivery and evaluation of our programs. By actively involving these experts, we ensure our initiatives are relevant, impactful, and truly reflective of the communities we serve. Their firsthand knowledge shapes our approach, fosters authentic engagement, and drives meaningful outcomes. Through continuous collaboration and feedback, we create programs that are not only informed by real-world experiences but also empower those voices to lead the way in promoting lasting change. 

 

Our Services for Indigenous Peoples

  • Cultural Connection: We provide a welcoming drop-in space in Calgary where guests can engage in conversations, participate in smudging ceremonies, and connect with their cultural roots. This pathway to cultural connection aids individuals in connecting with their identity and building wellness through cultural knowledge and participation through engagements with our Indigenous Elder and Knowledge Keeper.  
  • Case Management and Crisis Support: Our dedicated team offers comprehensive case management, service navigation, emergency crisis support, and referrals to essential resources such as healthcare providers, employment agencies, and recovery services. We also supply free basic food and hygiene supplies; safer sex and substance use supplies. 
  • Community Outreach: We meet clients where they are, eliminating transportation barriers and ensuring more accessible access to our services. We also extend our outreach and deepen our connections with the community by participating in Indigenous community events around Calgary. 

 

Join Us in Celebration

On this National Indigenous Peoples Day, we warmly invite everyone to join us in celebrating Indigenous peoples’ rich cultural heritage. Let us honour their resilience, acknowledge their contributions, and commit to supporting their journey toward healing and wellness. 

For more information about our services and how we support Indigenous communities, please visit our website or contact us directly. SafeLink Alberta is here to help and support you every step of the way. 

Happy National Indigenous Peoples Day from all of us at SafeLink Alberta! 

 

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