Projects and Partners

Alberta is home to a large urban Indigenous population. The province is projected to have the second-largest urban Indigenous population by 2017. The Urban Initiatives team works with various stakeholders on the following key initiatives to increase opportunities for Aboriginal people residing in urban centres:

  1. Urban Aboriginal Integrated Service Delivery Approach (UAISDA)
  2. Friendship Centres
  3. Municipal Relations
  4. Urban Aboriginal Strategy

Urban Aboriginal Integrated Service Delivery Approach (UAISDA)

On February 7, 2012, the Government of Alberta, City of Edmonton and Government of Canada hosted the Edmonton Aboriginal Gathering and Dialogue.

This dialogue brought together a community of organizations, both Indigenous and non-Indigenous, to renew efforts to improve the quality of life for Indigenous people in Edmonton and offered the opportunity for organizations to deepen relationships and partnerships. The dialogue was not intended to be a consultation but rather a conversation of those serving the urban Aboriginal community.

To find out more about the outcome of our dialogue please see the What We Heard document.

As a result of the Edmonton gathering and dialogue and other engagements with stakeholders the Government of Alberta, through a cross-ministry committee developed the Urban Aboriginal Integrated Service Delivery Approach (UAISDA).

UAISDA is a unique approach to service delivery that aims to improve urban Aboriginal peoples’ access to programs and services in a culturally sensitive manner. A cross-ministry committee composed of seven GOA ministries is working to implement UAISDA.

Friendship Centres

Indigenous Relations provides funding support to the 20 Friendship Centres through the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association (ANFCA). This helps support health, employment, housing, recreation, and cultural programs for Indigenous people in urban centres.

The Ministry also works with the ANFCA to develop capacity building initiatives to improve local Friendship Centre organizational and management effectiveness. This partnership has resulted in Friendship Centres undertaking business planning, annual reports, staff development/training and financial management.

Municipal Relations

The Ministry works closely with municipalities to ensure that issues of concern to urban Aboriginal people are addressed in a coordinated manner.

In May 2013, Indigenous Relations and the City of Edmonton Signed a Memorandum of Coordination and Collaboration (MCC). The MCC commits the parties to undertake join planning annually in priority areas to improve social and economic outcomes for Indigenous people living in Edmonton.

To view a copy of the MCC, please see here: MCC

Urban Aboriginal Strategy

Alberta is home to a large urban Indigenous population. According to the 2011 census, forty three percent of Indigenous people in Alberta live in major urban centres, Edmonton and Calgary. The province is expected to have the second-largest urban Indigenous population by 2017.

Indigenous Relations works with other Government of Alberta Ministries, Aboriginal organizations, non-profit organizations and the private sector to partner in the delivery of the Government of Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy. Indigenous Relations has worked with Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development Canada and the Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association to facilitate and develop local community plans at X communities across the province.

Background Documents/Links

Alberta Native Friendship Centres Association
http://anfca.com

Government of Canada’s Urban Aboriginal Strategy
https://www.aadnc-aandc.gc.ca/eng/1389724611277/1389724670841

Your City, Your Voice
http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/PDF/YCYV_report.pdf?0.7187278664740861

Aboriginal Edmonton: A Statistical Story
http://www.edmonton.ca/city_government/documents/Stat_Story-Final-Jan26-10.pdf?0.7158102828436621 

Urban Aboriginal Peoples Study by Environics
http://uaps.ca/wp-content/uploads/2010/02/UAPS-Edmonton-report.pdf?0.5909675963619159