Recreational & Cultural Centres
Create an Aboriginal Youth Center in Calgary
Aboriginal youth overwhelmingly requested that a central meeting place be developed. A safe place where they can meet with their peers, have fun, be comfortable and "hang out", where there are no drugs, alcohol or other risks. In particular the following services were requested:
- That it be free and available to everyone, not just Aboriginal youth "in programs"
- That Elders and cultural teachers be there for them to speak to
- That there be ceremonies and opportunities for them to learn about their culture as well as the other cultural groups in Calgary i.e. Metis, Cree
- That there be sports and recreation opportunities i.e. pool tables
- That there are counselors there to help with resumes, crisis, anger management
- That there be Dance Clubs and other social activities
- That it be open Friday and Saturday night so that youth at risk would have alternatives to the street.
Operate recreational programs in areas where there are higher numbers of Aboriginal residents
Aboriginal youth did not want to go downtown but wanted to participate in healthy recreational opportunities in their own communities and with their own friends.
Operate cultural programs in areas where there are higher numbers of Aboriginal residents
Aboriginal youth felt that if they had opportunities to participate in cultural program in their own neighborhoods that it could act as a preventative measure for kids at risk. They also felt that knowing about their culture would be a good way to "find themselves" as well as being able to celebrate their heritage.