5 WAYS TO HONOUR NATIONAL TRUTH AND RECONCILIATION DAY IN CALGARY
Canada’s National Day for Truth and Reconciliation occurs annually on Sept. 30, offering people the opportunity to better educate themselves and understand the longlasting negative effects of residential schools on Indigenous Peoples.
To commemorate Indigenous lives, both lost and living, local businesses and organizations around Calgary are hosting opportunities for recognition, awareness, and learning. If you’re looking for a way to honour the day on Friday, here are five events going on in the city.
DEATHS OF YOUNG ADULTS HIT AN ALL-TIME HIGH ONCE THEY NO LONGER QUALIFY FOR GOVERNMENT CARE
Experts and government critics interviewed by the Calgary Journal identified a number of possible explanations for those deaths. Among them are insufficient support for those individuals, the opioid crisis, and the threat of further service reductions by the Alberta government — which has prompted advocates and those in the system to demand the province increase services for emerging adults.
ENHANCED CARE FOR YOUTH MENTAL HEALTH COMING SOON IN ALBERTA
The urgent demand for psychological acute care for children and youth has become more apparent over the course of the pandemic in Alberta. This means kids need a place to be cared for within the Calgary community where they can manage their mental health struggles before they require hospitalization.
LOCAL CHARITY HELPS PEOPLE FLY TO SAY GOODBYE TO SICK OR DYING LOVED ONES
Give-A-Mile was founded by Kevin Crowe, a Calgarian who lost his friend to cancer and realized how expensive flights can be for families who are away from their loved ones. So, Crowe created a program that compiles air miles and donates them to families in need. Since 2013, the group of volunteers has raised 28.3 million miles and is continuously gaining momentum despite the ongoing pandemic.
VOICES: SOCIAL MEDIA IS AN UNHEALTHY HABIT FOR PEOPLE STRUGGLING WITH EATING DISORDERS
People who already have an uncomfortable relationship with food or their bodies might not realize that as they increasingly rely on social media to alleviate the boredom of the pandemic, they may be witnessing the normalization of bad habits.
CALGARY CORPORATE CHALLENGE GIVES LOCAL COMPANIES A LITTLE FRIENDLY COMPETITION
Despite certain organizational challenges brought about by COVID-19, the Corporate Challenge is dedicated to creating positive virtual and in-person experiences for its participants — ranging from individual applicants, small local startups and even international ventures.
EDMONTON FOLK FEST BOSS TERRY WICKHAM RECOUNTS A TOUGH YEAR FOR LIVE PERFORMANCES
To protect everyone involved, festival planning came to a halt last spring due to the rising coronavirus cases. Despite Wickham and his team’s desire to keep the event afloat, the decision to cancel was made and announced on April 21. The Calgary folk fest announced the same decision two days later.
RENOWNED OLYMPIAN CONTINUES TO SHARE HER HOCKEY TALENT AND KNOWLEDGE THROUGH COACHING
Carla MacLeod’s love for hockey began at the age of two and eventually grew into a national career and two Olympic medals. However, MacLeod says she finds more fulfillment in her retirement as a coach at Edge School for Athletes in southwest Calgary.
OTHER MEDIA PROJECTS
THIS IS THEM SHOWING ME THEY CARE
From the series: What's Your Story? Threads of Human Experience
Relationships, no matter the kind, are constantly changing, and Gary Chapman’s Five Love Language Model breaks down how people give and express love. With their growing marriage, Marie McFarlane and Chirine Bassil have faced some challenges being an interracial couple. But they remain dedicated to supporting each other while raising their kids and living fulfilling personal and professional lives.
Episode seven of What’s Your Story? is hosted and produced by Jasmine Krawchuk.
BRICK BY BRICK
From the series: Hear This, From Her
Hear This From Her is a podcast exploring entrepreneurship, financial sustainability and economic security for women in Canada. Through the journalism program at MRU, my classmates and I hosted and produced an episode all about a local, Calgary-based, shop called Ninth and Brick.