Reversing the Psychology of Poverty | A policy engagement conference
Join us on Tuesday, February 13th for the Metro Vancouver Aboriginal Executive Council’s 2018 Policy Engagement Conference!
This conference aims to provide a space for you to explore and discuss innovative strategies for urban Aboriginal engagement in policy design, development, and delivery. You will hear from some influential speakers and have the opportunity to provide input towards important policy issues and approaches.
Main themes of the conference include:
- How Less Became More – Dr. Sue McIntyre focusses on how an economic downturn and political shift resulted in a Collective Impact Project in the City of Calgary for Homeless, Addicted and Mental Health population. This session will speak to the design, the workings the impact and the findings from the Calgary Recovery Services Task Force. The psychology of Poverty will be introduced as a factor to consider in how housing and homelessness gets addressed.
- Transcending Poverty Consciousness and Embracing Indigenous Principles of Abundance – Dr. Martina Whelshula – Prior to European contact, Indigenous peoples had an intimate understanding of the cycles, phases, and relationships within the natural world. This knowledge allowed tribes to align themselves with these rhythms and live lives of abundance. Colonization interrupted these relationships through a brutal colonization process which brought about abject poverty and suffering. This condition became hard wired within our surviving cultures and, unfortunately, this poverty consciousness undermines our ability to live our lives in abundance. Through embracing Indigenous principles of abundance, we can transform our lives and break the cycle of poverty within our communities. We must honor the sacrifices of our ancestors and live our lives to their fullest.
Additionally, you will have the exciting opportunity to participate in roundtable discussions centred around health and wellness; arts, culture, and language; children and families; and justice.
Registration opens at 8:00 AM on February 13th and the conference will begin at 9:15 AM. Breakfast, Lunch, snacks, and beverages will be provided!
Who should attend?
- Urban Aboriginal agencies and Aboriginal professionals;
- Aboriginal allies;
- Educational institutions and Health Authorities;
- Federal, provincial, and municipal government;
- Industry partners and private sector stakeholders;
- Charitable foundations; and
- Any person who works for and with Aboriginal people!
* Paid parking will be available and the venue is also easily accessible by public transit.
* This event is free to attend! Please register to secure your spot!
- Start: 13 February 2018 8:00 am
- Venue: Vancouver Aboriginal Friendship Centre
- Address: 1607 East Hastings Street, Vancouver, BC
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