Elder reconciles the past by teaching others

His face may be familiar to you — Sheldon is featured in a public service announcement highlighting Mayor Nenshi’s Three Things for Canada initiative. Through the video, Sheldon shares his desire to teach Blackfoot language, history and culture as his way to give back to Canada. Sheldon comes from the Blood Nation, part of the Blackfoot Confederacy. He is a residential school survivor, an elder and an educator. Sheldon attended St. Paul’s residential school in southern Alberta from the time he was five until he was put into the foster care system at 12. His ...

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‘Happy-go-lucky’ Lorraine finds home after hardship

Lorraine is warm and friendly with an infectious giggle. She lives at Peter Coyle Place, a one-of-a-kind residence for 70 seniors...

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Intensive supports are helping Thorn work towards a brighter future

Thorn* lives at Bedford House, a community-based residential facility for men exiting the justice system. Most men who live there are on parole, but not Thorn — he is actually choosing to live there because he knows the supports offered would give him a better chance of changing his life. Kym Jacobs is the Residential Manager at Bedford House and is sharing 33-year-old Thorn’s rather extraordinary story. “He was going to be released into homelessness,” Kym says. “So we offered him a space here. He was elated.” Thorn has been at Bedford House for two ...

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Aurora on the Park — affordable, supportive housing

Staff at Aurora on the Park plan a full range of activities for the people who live there, from karaoke nights to hockey games...

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Harm reduction building helps Peter get healthy

From our 2016-2017 Report to Community. Peter’s home at RESOLVE’s first newly constructed apartment building is a fresh start for the 52-year-old Calgarian. He was one of the building’s first tenants. “Nobody has lived here before — it’s nice and clean,” Peter, whose name is changed to protect his privacy, says. Thoughtful and observant, Peter speaks with the wisdom of someone who has experienced life on the streets. Peter began drinking regularly at age 16 and dropped out of high school in Grade 11. “It was a huge mistake,” he recalls. “I ...

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