On May 16th 2019, Legal Aid Alberta (LAA) participated in a resource fair for Treaty 8 members. The event was coordinated by the Treaty 8 Urban Office, whose mission is to connect Treaty 8 members with resources they may need when coming to a large urban center like Edmonton. At this event, we were able to connect with Treaty 8 members as well as other service providers in the province. Treaty 8 land includes parts of northern British Columbia, Alberta and Saskatchewan.
There were many organizations present at this event that focused on:
- education and career development,
- legal education and support,
- life-enriching activities for youth,
- culturally sensitive programming, and
- health services for Indigenous people in the Edmonton area.
The event was an amazing opportunity to connect with other service providers in the province and especially with Treaty 8 members. Opportunities such as this increase our knowledgeable base regarding the variety and extent of services that other organizations can provide for our clients.
Organizations that attended the event included: Alberta Indigenous Construction Career Centre, Alberta Indigenous Games, BearPaw Legal Education, Water Wings Program at Boyle Street Community Services, Canadian Native Friendship Centre, Edmonton John Howard Society, iHuman, Indigenous Wellness Clinic, Office of the Child & Youth Advocate, Oteenow Employment & Training Society, Red Road Healing Society, Street Works, Treaty 8 Urban Caregiver Relief Program, Yellowhead Tribal College and YouCan Youth Services.
“It is important for LAA to attend events such as the Treaty 8 Resource Fair, ” said Danny Lynn, Senior Advisory Counsel for Adult Criminal Law and overseer of LAA’s Indigenous Action Plan. “It quickly becomes obvious that while members of the public are aware that Legal Aid Alberta exists, they don’t understand the services we provide and who we provide them to. These events give us an excellent opportunity to educate the general public”
June marks the beginning of National Indigenous History Month in Canada and June 21 is National Indigenous Peoples Day. That day is a special opportunity for all Canadians to recognize and celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding contributions of First Nations, Inuit. and Métis peoples.
Earlier this year, Legal Aid Alberta launched a new and improved ‘support organizations’ section of its website. If a resident does not meet Legal Aid Alberta’s eligibility requirements, the Support Services for Albertans resource has other organizations that can support and advice to help with a variety of legal and social issues.