September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The City of Chestermere is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 Region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Piikani, Kainai and Siksika Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation. The City of Chestermere is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
This day honours the lost children & survivors of residential schools, their families & communities.
Recommendation # 57 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action says to “Educate public servants on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous–Crown relations.”
With that in mind, City of Chestermere staff will be spending the afternoon in an interactive training session to learn and discuss what Sept. 30 means for reconciliation in Canada, and how we can participate meaningfully.
To view some events that are being hosted today by local community organizations, visit: https://www.chestermere.ca/calendar.aspx
Residents on this territory are encouraged to learn Canada’s true history and participate in reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.
Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation here: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html
View stories from survivors in their own words - Residential school survivors talk about their experiences and the lasting impact on their lives: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/residential-school-survivors
Read more about Treaty 7
Take the Indigenous Canada Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.
Visit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund website for a variety of resources
Understanding begins with all of us looking inward, reflecting on our own attitudes, and of course, having difficult conversations with family and friends.
- Greensboro-Based Organization Teaching People How to Talk About Race | WUNC
- Understanding Implicit Bias
- Resources for Race, Equity, and Inclusion
- Teaching tolerance: How white parents should talk to their kids about race.
- Beyond the Hashtag: How to Take Anti-Racist Action in Your Life
- A Detailed List of Anti-Racism Resources
- 5 Things Allies Can Do to Sponsor Coworkers from Underrepresented Groups
- About White privilege
- Key concepts in Social Justice (full book)
- Books for Children about race and racism
- Anti-Racist Organizational Change booklet
- Ten Tips for Teaching and Talking to Kids About Race
May 5th is the National Day of Awareness for Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls.
It is also known as red dress day
Missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada (MMIWG) refers to a human rights crisis that has only recently become a topic of discussion within national media. Indigenous women and communities, women’s groups and international organizations have long called for action into the high and disproportionate rates of violence and the appalling numbers of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls in Canada. (Canadian encyclopedia, 2020)
- Indigenous women make up 16% of all female homicide victims, and 11% of missing women, even though Indigenous people make up 4.9 % of the population of Canada.
- Violence against Indigenous women and girls is a systemic and national crisis that requires urgent, informed and collaborative action.
- Indigenous women are three times more likely than non-Indigenous women to be victims of violence.
- Current public data on MMIWG oversimplifies and underrepresents the scale of the issue, yet still demonstrates a complex and pervasive pattern of violence against Indigenous women and girls who are often targeted because of their gender and Indigenous identity.
- There have been approximately 4,000 or more Indigenous murdered or missing women and girls in the last 30 years. That works out to about 133 a year, or three a week.
- The average rate of homicides involving Indigenous female victims is four times higher than that of homicides involving non-Indigenous female victims.
- Most of the cases occurred in the Western provinces. More than a quarter (28%) of all cases occurred in British Columbia, followed by Alberta with 16% of cases.
Stand in solidarity with our indigenous community members during this season of remembrance and wear a red clothing item on Wednesday May 5.
March 8 - 12 is International Women’s Week
February 2021 - Black History Month
Black History Month is an opportunity for all Canadians to learn about the many contributions that Black Canadians and their communities have made to this country.
This year’s theme for Black History Month is “The Future is Now”, a call to action for us all to build on the legacy of those who came before us, and to recognize the transformative work that Black Canadians and their communities are doing now.
Read the Council Proclamation here: chestermere.ca/BHM.
To view some additional resources and to download & colour your own version of the 2021 official poster, visit canada.ca/black-history-month.
Orange Shirt Day Awareness Campaign
On Wednesday, September 30, Canadians across the nation commemorated Orange Shirt Day.
September 20 to 26, 2020 - Gender Equality Week!
This year’s theme, #BecauseOfYou, celebrated the many trailblazers, activists and advocates who are working to advance gender equality in their communities.
Residents were asked to tell us about the inspiring advocates and activists in their own family, workplace, and community who are strengthening the women’s and equality-seeking movement using #BecauseOfYou
The City of Chestermere’s office of Diversity and Inclusion is committed to furthering the message of equity and equality. The City was 1 of 2 recipients in Alberta, and 1 of 20 in Canada to receive the Federation of Canadian Municipalities grant (Toward Parity for Women). This grant has been used to engage women in our community on crucial topics such as leadership, mental health, diversity and inclusion, body image and resiliency.
We will continue to elevate women’s voices and acknowledge the various intersections that exist within our community. Learn more about Gender Equality Week here:
Women, Leadership & Mental Health
About Megan K Hunter
June is #PrideMonth in Chestermere and June 22-28 is #PrideWeek!
Resilience, Women, and Leadership:
Helping Strengthen Your Commitment, Stamina and Skills to Lead
Women, Body Image and Leadership - How are these related?
In this webinar, Cinder Smith, a Registered Psychologist in Calgary talked about the power and influence body image has on women in society these days, as well as women in politics and/or leadership positions.
Style for Leadership - Women, Wardrobes and Winning
As part of the Toward Parity project, Julie Murrell, certified image consultant, joined us on June 4 for an online webinar about Style for Leadership.
Celebrating Black History and Culture in Chestermere
Black History Month is observed across Canada every February. Black History Month in Canada provides an opportunity to share and learn about the experiences, contributions and achievements of peoples of African ancestry.
More than 70 Chestermere residents and special guests joined us to celebrate in this colourful, fun filled evening with performances, music and food!
Daring Leadership Workshop
Attendees joined facilitator, Nicole Owen in part two of our conversation about empowering women to engage in municipal politics.
Conversation Café: Engaging women in municipal politics
A conversation about empowering women to engage in municipal politics. Attendees were encouraged to share their perspectives and any current barriers they are experiencing.
Dialogues for Diversity Series 3
A FREE Paint Night with the theme of ’Belonging’
Dialogues for Diversity Series 2
The Dialogues for Diversity series presented: “But where are you REALLY from?” an exploration in to unconscious bias and microagressions. For more information visit the following links:
The City of Chestermere, in partnership with Rocky View Immigrant Services, the Chestermere Foodbank and the Latinas en Chestermere group invited the community to participate in a potluck style Fall Feast.
Dialogues for Diversity Workshop
The first Dialogues for Diversity workshop was hosted on August 9 and featured a deep dive into the exploration of colonization with guest speaker Ryan "Gitz Crazyboy" Derangé
Pride in Chestermere
June was Pride Month & and June 24-30 was Pride Week in Chestermere!
Our Pride Committee worked hard on some really cool community events including a film screening, discussion group and the Pride in the Park event! They also recruited a bunch of volunteers to paint the crosswalks at City Hall with a couple’a rainbows!
Faces of Chestermere
Most often we do not understand what diversity means, or the discriminations that people in our community might be experiencing. Faces of Chestermere aims to bring awareness to Chestermere’s diversity by photographing residents faces, and displaying those photographs with statistics throughout the City.
Photo booths will displayed at special events like Canada Day and Water Festival. We invite residents to join together in publicly proclaiming their personal choices, characteristics, or beliefs and showcase that differences are not to be feared.
Women in Leadership Magazine
A dynamic online series exploring women’s roles and engagement in municipal politics and leadership titled “The Chestermere Toward Parity for Women in Politics Project” concluded in 2021.
The initiative led by the City of Chestermere, in partnership with the Chestermere Rotary Club and Rocky View Immigrant Services, released an online feature magazine, “Women in Leadership.” The publication shines a light on the extraordinary women who lent their expertise to the project and shares their tips for success. Read the magazine here.
The following papers were prepared by Dakota Rickman, Diversity and Inclusion Intern for the City of Chestermere:
- The Everyday Harm of Microaggressions
- Unconscious Bias
- Cultural Awareness in the Workplace
- Equality, Equity and Reducing Barriers
For more information, email firstname.lastname@example.org
USC’s Diversity Toolkit: A Guide to Discussing Identity, Power, and Privilege
Courtesy of The MSW@USC, the online Master of Social Work program at the University of Southern California
"Racial Trauma in Film: How Viewers Can Address Re-traumatization" - A resource on racial trauma and the psychological impact that movies and TV shows have on mental health. Courtesy of Counseling@Northwestern.
“Oskaya Ayamichikewak” Young Readers Program - Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA)
This program promotes early literacy and paves the way for a lifelong love of reading. Simply fill out the form at albertametis.com/programs-services/cfs or pick up a hard copy at your local MNA office, fill it out, and mail it in to start receiving your books.
Parent/Guardian applicant or child must be an MNA citizen. Children must be 0 – 5 years old to qualify.