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IAAW – Leadership Camp

Institute for the Advancement of Aboriginal Women’s – Leadership Camp
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Upcoming Dates:

July 15 – 18, 2019 & August 12 – 15, 2019

Who:

Young Women Aged 13 – 17 Years

Where:

Wabamun, AB

 

Registration:

$10.00

Fees:

$249.00 (Inc. GST)
Subsidy may be available.

 

Contact for more info:

Stephanie Harpe
sharpe@iaaw.ca

Alison Weenie
alison@iaaw.ca

Phone: 780-479-8195
Toll-Free: 1-877-471-2171
Website: www.iaaw.ca

 

 

Saddle Lake Cree Nation Cultural Events

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Are you a caregiver of a child or youth who is a member of Saddle Lake Cree Nation?

Saddle Lake Cree Nation has the following cultural events coming up in Summer. Please find attached the Pow Wow transportation letter for caregivers and families. Also attached is the poster and registration form for the Cultural Camp.

  1. The Saddle Lake Pow Wow will take place June 21st to 23rd on the Pow Wow grounds in Saddle Lake. We are offering bus transportation to the event on Saturday June 22nd  for those who wish to utilize this service. Caregivers, biological families and other foster children in the home are all welcome to attend and utilize the transportation provided. Caseworkers are encouraged to attend and to assist with supervision on the day. Caseworkers are kindly asked to send names of their clients who will be attending to Karla Augert, phone 780.422.8749 Augert@gov.ab.ca or Merlyn Fortune-Browne, phone 780.638.3601 Merlyn.Fortune-Browne@gov.ab.ca by June 10th.

2019 Saddle Lake Pow Wow Transportation Letter

  1. The Saddle Lake Cultural Camp will be held from July 8th to 12th at the Pow Wow grounds in Saddle Lake. Activities include sage and sweetgrass picking, pipe ceremony, teepee teachings and many more. Caseworkers and caregivers are expected to make their own transportation arrangements to and from the camp for the children in their care. Campers should normally be within the age range 10 – 17 years. Younger children will need to be accompanied by a caregiver or older sibling. Please contact the Band Designate Denise Steinhauer Steinhauer@gov.ab.ca to discuss exceptions.

Saddle L. Cultural Camp PosterRegistrationForm 2019

Caregivers may also camp out on site but are responsible for their own meals. Trailers, RV’s and tents are welcome; however there are no trailer hook-ups. In the past some caregivers have chosen to stay at hotels in the nearby town of St Paul and drive to the camp site daily.

Please email or fax registration forms to Karla Augert Karla.Augert@gov.ab.ca Fax 780.422.1102 or Merlyn Fortune-Browne Merlyn.Fortune-Browne@gov.ab.ca Fax 780.638.3597 by June 14th.

What You Need To Know About Cannabis Legalization

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Cannabis Legalization in Alberta

On October 17, 2018, cannabis will be legal across Canada. The Government of Alberta created the Alberta Cannabis Framework and legislation to set the stage for the legal and responsible use of cannabis in this province.

For more information: Children Services/Caregiver Q & A

ChangeIt – Donate to the AFPA making everyday purchases

We’re happy to announce that the Alberta Foster Parent Assocation is now a partner of ChangeIt®; a new way to donate while making everyday purchases using your existing BMO® and RBC® Credit Cards or select Credit Union Debit Cards*. ChangeIt lets you automatically round up your purchases and donate the difference to us!

With ChangeIt you can track your donations online, control your rounding preferences and even set a monthly maximum. At the start of each month, a donation notification will be delivered straight to your inbox from ChangeIt to let you know how much you donated in the previous cycle. You’ll also receive an annual Official Donation Receipt for Income Tax Purposes from us for every penny you donate.

It’s the easiest way to give, and getting started is simple.

  • Sign up your BMO® and RBC® Credit Cards or select Credit Union Debit Cards* at www.changeit.com/registration
  • Select Alberta Foster Parent Association and set your rounding limits
  • Use your BMO® and RBC® Credit Cards or select Credit Union Debit Cards* and start making a difference

AIR MILES

AIR MILES now enables their Collectors to support your Charity through their Charity Platform (powered by ChangeIt). Visit airmiles.ca/donate to sign up!

BMO Rewards

As of December 4th, BMO®‡ World Elite™* MasterCard®* customers are able to use their BMO Rewards Points to support the Alberta Foster Parent Association, through the ChangeIt program. Visit bmorewards.com to sign up!

®All product and company names are trademarks™ or registered® trademarks of their respective holders.

*A select group of Credit Union Debit Cards are also available for enrolment. To see the list please go to http://changeit.com/partners.

 

 

April 2 – World Autism Awareness Day

“The eighth annual World Autism Awareness Day is April 2, 2016. Every year, autism organizations around the world celebrate the day with unique fundraising and awareness-raising events. How will you celebrate?

Use #LIUB to share your experience across social media and help light the world up blue this April! Find out which major global landmarks will light up blue in 2016.

https://www.autismspeaks.org/what-autism/world-autism-awareness-day

Province supports children and families most in need with new Alberta Child Benefit

March 17, 2016

Human Services Minister Irfan Sabir is reminding eligible parents to file a tax return to receive the new Alberta Child Benefit, and that free tax clinics are available throughout Alberta to help.

“In tough times, Albertans pull together. Our government has made a commitment to help Alberta families who are facing financial hardship. I encourage all eligible parents to file a tax return to qualify for the new Alberta Child Benefit.”

Irfan Sabir, Minister of Human Services

All families earning less than $41,220 per year in net income, including those receiving AISH and Income Support, are eligible to receive the new ACB. The maximum annual benefit is $1,100 for families with one child, and up to $2,750 for families with four or more children.

To qualify, families must:

  • file a 2015 tax return;
  • reside in Alberta for at least one month;
  • have at least one child under the age of 18; and
  • meet the income requirements.

“As someone who works with lower-income families every day, I appreciate how much the Alberta Child Benefit will improve their lives. This program will make a meaningful difference for many children and families, and I hope parents will take advantage of this great opportunity.”

Tracy Patience, Executive Director, Dickinsfield Amity House

Once fully implemented, 235,000 children in 130,000 lower-income families will receive a total of $195 million in annual benefits from the new ACB. The first ACB payments will go out in August.

Community organizations are hosting free tax clinics to prepare returns for eligible lower-income taxpayers. The Canada Revenue Agency’s website has more information about these clinics. The tax filing deadline is April 30.

To learn more about these benefits, call 1-877-644-9992, or visit humanservices.alberta.ca/childbenefit.

FASD Training

FASD Training is offering training throughout the province. This training approaches Fetal Alcohol Spectrum Disorder (FASD) and other neuro-developmental conditions from a brain-based approach. This goal is to establish a common language for parents and caregivers, professionals and community partners so that there is a shared understanding of the individual from a brain-based perspective. This 12-hour training format was developed to help establish and sustain strengths-based informed networks of care.

Visit the FASD Training Website for more information, dates and to sign up for FASD training in your area!

 

Alberta Child Welfare Class Action

NOTICE OF SETTLEMENT APPROVAL

Please be sure to read the below attached copy of the Alberta Child Welfare Class Action Notice of Settlement Approval as it may affect your rights.

Class Members: All persons who suffered injuries before or during a time when they were subject to a permanent warship order or permanent guardianship order by Alberta Child welfare between July 1, 1966 and February 19, 2008, or a temporary guardianship order by Alberta Child Welfare between July 1, 1985 and February 19, 2008.

 

Download Class Action Notice of Settlement Here

*Important* Fentanyl Resources

As many of you may be aware, there has been sharp increase in the number of fentanyl-related deaths in Alberta over the past year. Almost any street-drug can have fentanyl hiding in it, and it can be extremely toxic. Only a small amount of fentanyl can kill a person.

The Alberta government is working with Alberta Health Services (AHS) and community partners to address this issue through prevention and education, harm reduction, law enforcement, and access to treatment.

Naloxone kits

Alberta Health has introduced take-home Naloxone kits that, when administered properly, can reverse the effects of a fentanyl overdose and allow people time to get emergency medical help. These kits are being distributed by community agencies and have helped save lives. Work is underway to make these kits more widely available. If Naloxone is not available, rescue breathing can be used until emergency medical help arrives.

Education and awareness tools for staff and partners

AHS has launched an online awareness campaign about fentanyl on drugsfool.ca. We are asking for your help in providing this information to help educate caregivers, service providers and families about the dangers of fentanyl and how to get help. Below you will find some great information that can be printed and posted in offices, tip cards can be given to youth and adults who may be at risk of using and overdosing and a fact sheet that has links to more helpful information about fentanyl for patients, families and health care professionals. More facts and info can be found on Alberta Health’s website.

We encourage you to take some time to review and educate yourself and family on the dangers of fentanyl, the signs and symptoms of overdoes and more from the links and resources provided.
Please share this information. Knowledge is power and can save lives.


Fentanyl Resource 

Opiates Overdose Signs and Symptoms

Fentanyl Campaign 2015 Poster

 

NEW AFPA MEMBER DISCOUNT

4Cats Arts Studio (Riverglen location in Calgary) is offering a 15% discount to current AFPA members for a 10 week art session in the Fall or any of their Summer Camps in 2016. AFPA members must show membership card to obtain discount.

WELCOME TO OUR HIVE OF CREATIVITY.

We are a team of happy artists who love what we do and create good art! We believe whole, whole heartedly that art brings joy, a love of learning and makes the world a better place. smile 

The really great thing about 4Cats is that we encourage a love of learning through creating, questioning and laughing.

We all feel sooooo lucky to be part of the Riverglen community! The community is so amazingly vibrant and creative. We are so happy and grateful you are part of the 4Cats family!

4Cats Riverglen offers art supplies, artwear, parties, classes and workshops. Explore our site to find out what’s new and amazing at 4Cats, or contact us.

Winner of Calgary’s Child Magazine ‘Parents Choice Award 2015′ for Best Place to Have a Children’s Party. Thank you for all of your support!

Visit 4Cats website:
 www.4cats.com/riverglen
Address: Riverbend Shopping Plaza 424 8338 18th Street S.E. Calgary Alberta
Telephone Number: 587-354-2287(CATS)

Want to know how you can become an AFPA Member?  Find out how to join our association here!

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