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Land Affirmation

We invite you in this moment to pause and breathe.

As you breathe in and out, let it be a reminder of your connection to other people and the land. We are all part of a cycle of nourishment, and just as the land cares for us, we must care for it.

As Volunteer Alberta continues our ongoing (un)learning journey, we see the increasing importance of reflecting on our ties to each other and the land. Our main office is situated on Treaty 6 Territory, in an area that holds many Indigenous names but is referred to by the Nehiyaw people as amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) and colonially as Edmonton. Our staff, board, and work extend into Treaty 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10 Territories, and we affirm the importance of honouring these historic agreements as well as all future treaties. The land we call Alberta is the ancestral territory and present-day home of many Indigenous peoples, including the Nehiyaw (Cree), Dene (Denesuliné, Dene Tha, Tsuut’ina), Iyarhe Nakoda (Nakota Sioux, Stoney), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux, Ojibwe), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Inuit, and Métis. They have cared for and advocated for the lands, waters, and animals for many generations despite historical and ongoing harmful actions against their communities. We are grateful for their stewardship of this land, and as act of reconciliation and good will, it is our intention to ensure that our organization, along with the entire social impact/non-profit/voluntary sector, can become good partners in supporting the land and communities.

Inspired by Indigenous knowledge systems, we seek to become good organizational ancestors. In doing so we are committed to meaningful reflection and critiquing of our ways of knowing, being, and doing. To help communities thrive and illuminate good ways forward for the sector, we must recognize how colonial systems influence how Albertans perceive and participate in volunteerism and civic engagement. This includes considering the historical and ongoing barriers that exclude Indigenous people from meaningful engagement in our communities. In the spirit of reconciliation, we all have a responsibility to consider how our organizations can contribute to decolonized, inclusive, and equitable volunteer programming and take action to do no more harm. Volunteer Alberta is committed to meeting our responsibilities.

The Volunteer Alberta Team

June 2024

Volunteer Screening Development Grant – Open Now!

The Volunteer Screening Development Grant application period is open until July 15, 2024 at 11:59 pm MDT. Grants of up to $3,500 are available to select organizations that are committed to improving their volunteer screening processes or implementing new practices. The SDG is available thanks to the generous support of the Government of Alberta.

Thank you for joining our 2024 AGM!

Keep an eye on our AGM Webpage and to our social media for an upcoming share-back document highlighting key takeaways from the conversations that happened at our “Calibration: Tuning in to Volunteer Alberta’s Strategic Compass” Fireside Chat and Breakout Discussions. We look forward to more collaborations with you to bring our Strategic Compass to life!

VA’s 2023 Annual Report is available now

We’re excited to share the highlights, successes, and stories that defined the past year. Check out our 2023 report to see how we’ve made an impact together.

A special thank you to our Members, Funders, and Collaborators. Your support is invaluable and helps us achieve our vision of thriving communities nurtured by caring humans across Alberta.

Thank you for being part of our journey!

Strategic Dreaming Compass 2024 – 2026

We are excited to share our Strategic Dreaming Compass with you. It will serve as a North Star document to navigate the future with intention and care. This compass aims to be a guide for VA, to help us clarify how we will continue supporting the good work of the sector and help us fulfill our vision of thriving communities nurtured by caring individuals across Alberta. 

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