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We are a diverse and inclusive member association strengthening and creating pathways for volunteerism and civic engagement in Alberta.
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Volunteerism and civic engagement are crucial for creating healthy, vibrant, and connected Albertans.
Connectors that convene and collaborate across networks to advance collective work and nourish relationships.
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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 4, 6, 7, 8 and 10, and we affirm that the land we call Alberta is the traditional and ancestral territory, as well as present-day homes 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 supporting and concretely contributing to reconciliation and Indigenous Resurgence in ways we have not yet done.
The Volunteer Alberta Team
In June 2023, we embarked on a journey to envision the future of volunteerism and civic engagement in Alberta. Thank you to all those who took part in our Community Conversations and member survey this summer. Your wisdom and aspirations for the nonprofit/voluntary sector will serve as key inputs for our strategic ‘north star’ document that will guide VA’s direction from 2024 to 2026.
For more information about what we’ve done so far and where we’re going next, please click on the link below.
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