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ACSEL: Alberta Civil Society Emerging Leaders Microgrant Program. A partnership between Volunteer Alberta and Canada Service Corps.

Alberta Civil Society Emerging Leaders

ACSEL Microgrant Applications Now Open!

Are you a Canada Service Corps alumni between 18-30 years old looking to start up or develop a community initiative? Consider participating in ACSEL to bring your ideas to life!  

ACSEL seeks to encourage the civic participation of Alberta youth by providing 35 Canada Service Corps alumni (aged 18 to 30 years old) support and resources to develop new or enhance pre-existing community-based projects. Successful applicants will receive a $5,000 grant to help implement their work and will participate in a series of learning workshops on the fundamentals of project management and community service. 

Land Affirmation

Volunteer Alberta’s main office is situated on Treaty 6 Territory, specifically, amiskwaciwâskahikan (ᐊᒥᐢᑲᐧᒋᐋᐧᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ) as it is referred to by the plains Cree peoples among other indigenous names, and the homeland of the Métis Nation. Our staff, board, and our work reach across Treaties 6, 7, and 8 and we affirm that the land we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory, as well as present-dayhomes of many Nations, including the Blackfoot Confederacy – Kainai, Piikani, and Siksika – the Cree, Dene, Saulteaux, Nakota Sioux, Stoney Nakoda, the Tsuu T’ina Nation, and the Métis People of Alberta, which includes the Métis Settlements and the Six Regions of the Métis Nation of Alberta. Since time immemorial, First Nations, Inuit, and Metis peoples have cared for these lands, and they continue to do so today. We encourage you to visit Native Land to learn more about the land and its Nations where you live, work, and play.

Volunteer Alberta identifies and affirms the historical and current relationships of these Nations to the land as an act of reconciliation and with the awareness that acknowledging, recognizing, or affirming these facts is a small step and not enough. Quoting Sheila Batacharya and Yuk-Lin Renita Wong, Sharing Breath (2018):

“This recognition of land theft, while important, is discursive and thus remains limited. Indeed, our determination, as [mostly] non-Indigenous inhabitants of … Turtle Island, to respect treaty relationships and acknowledge settler responsibility for the historical appropriation of Indigenous land is inescapably compromised, given that, in Canada, land can evidently be stolen and not returned provided you admit to wrongdoing, say you’re sorry, speak solemnly about the need for reconciliation, and continue to make promises that, in fact, have never materialized.”

Volunteer Alberta is committed to reflecting on, critiquing, and changing our ways of knowing, being, and doing in order to start concretely contributing to Indigenous resurgence in ways we have not yet done.

The Volunteer Alberta Team
June 2022

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