Urban Aboriginal people are fast becoming a significant social, political and economic presence in Canadian cities today. Between 1996 and 2006, Calgary’s Aboriginal population grew by 75%, with 46% of these individuals being under the age of 25 (City of Calgary, 2010). This is due in part to an explosion in birthrates and in part to migration from rural areas and reserves to the cities – by as much as 50% Canada-wide. Aboriginal Calgarians are proud of their ancestral heritage, and believe they play a significant role in the political, social and economic landscape as Calgarians.
Calgary Aboriginal Urban Affairs Committee (CAUAC)
This Mayor’s task force promotes the interests and well-being of urban Aboriginal Calgarians. Established in 1979 by the Mayor and Treaty 7 Chiefs, CAUAC affirms the 27,000+ urban Aboriginal people who make up the social and economic construct of Calgary, and ensure that their historical and cultural presence is written into the great stories about the history of Calgary.
Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative (CUAI)
A community partnership initiative which ran from 1999 to 2015, CUAI focused on eight domain areas to help address solutions and reduce barriers for Aboriginal Calgarians.
Aboriginal-specific publications & initiatives
Calgary Aboriginal Services Guide (published annually)
Calgary Aboriginal Identity Population Profile
Aboriginal Youth Achievement Award
Honouring the achievements of Calgary’s urban Aboriginal students, aged 14-24.
Chief David Crowchild Memorial Award
Honouring a Calgary individual who excels in building bridges of understanding between aboriginal and non-aboriginal cultures.
Aboriginal Participatory Video Project
This project links Aboriginal youth and Elders in the pursuit of oral story-telling.
Aboriginal issues within broader social contexts
Demographic profiles of Calgary communities using the most recent statistics from both the federal and civic censuses.
Indices of Community Well-being 2006 (published 2010)
Detailed report examining Calgary’s communities according to the dimensions of economic, social, and physical well-being. The well-being of communities is ranked relative to one another and presented in map and table format.
Signposts (published 2009 and 2011)
Reports on community assessment surveys conducted in 2006 that explored the social issues and needs of Calgarians. Results are reported city-wide as well as at the social district level.