Information and resources for Aboriginal Albertans
First Nations, Métis and Inuit (FNMI) Albertans are Aboriginal peoples, indigenous to Canada. Some are members of economically and socially marginalized communities, experiencing racism and discrimination that perpetuates historical disadvantages they have experienced.
Some of the following resources that were developed in partnership with Aboriginal organizations provide information about the protection from discrimination offered to Aboriginal Albertans. Other resources explain the ways in which the Commission is reaching out to Aboriginal organizations to offer support as they develop their capacity to address human rights issues.
- Protection of Aboriginal Peoples under the Alberta Human Rights Act: This resource provides information about protection from discrimination on and off reserve under the Alberta Human Rights Act and the Canadian Human Rights Act.
- Charlie's story: This video scenario from the Discrimination and the Law playlist on the Commission's YouTube channel provides an example of potential discrimination under the ground of religious beliefs (native spirituality) and race.
- Aboriginal People and the Alberta Human Rights Act: This resource was developed for the Aboriginal community and provides information about the Alberta Human Rights Act and the programs and services of the Commission. The brochure was developed in consultation with the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative, Aboriginal Council of Lethbridge, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, and Aboriginal Commission on Human Rights and Justice.
- Finding our Voice: Aboriginal Human Rights: This resource was developed for the Aboriginal community and provides information about the Alberta Human Rights Act and how to make a human rights complaint. It was produced by Native Counselling Services of Alberta in cooperation with the Commission. It is available in English, Cree and Blackfoot.
- Engaging with Alberta's Aboriginal Community on Human Rights: This document highlights some of the ways in which the Commission is reaching out to engage with Aboriginal organizations and support them in developing their capacity to address human rights issues in Alberta.
- Aboriginal Initiatives. Summary of Financial Assistance - Fiscal years 2010-11 to 2014-15: The Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund (HREMF) provides funding for community-based human rights initiatives. This table provides a summary of community projects addressing Aboriginal human rights issues that received financial assistance through the HREMF in the fiscal years 2010-11 to 2014-15.
- Talking about racism and discrimination: This video on the Commission's YouTube channel provides information about an educational project undertaken by the Creating Hope Society. With funding from the Human Rights Education and Multiculturalism Fund, the society has been able to bring experiences and stories together, providing opportunities to share and to have a voice that can be heard and honoured. The Creating Hope Society is building connections between members of the Aboriginal community and service providers, achieving new understandings that promote healing and planning for the future of Aboriginal children in care.
Revised: June 2, 2015
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