What started as a small celebration in the parking lot of The Alex, became a full-fledged event this year,
in honour of Aboriginal Awareness Week. In June, the 6th Annual People's Gathering tookover Olympic Plaza
with traditional dances, drumming, and an arts market. In addition to celebrating Indigenous culture,
Johanna Schwartz of The Alex said the organization hoped to raise awareness about how they help vulnerable
Calgarians with health, wellness, and housing needs. Approximately 700 people attended the event -
a big step up from the first year's 100. Schwartz said the added visibility of hosting it at Olympic
Plaza made the resulting conversations about culture and community much more meaningful.
The location is already booked for next year's celebration.
This vital priority issue area includes the Indigenous community, youth, seniors and immigrant workers.
Prevalence of Diabetes
Compare the prevalence of diabetes in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Females.
15% of Indigenous females live with diabetes.
Roughly twice as many as in Non-Indigenous communities.
agree that more should be done to create opportunities for Indigenous peoples (employment, education and housing). Females, people under 45 and residents of Calgary for up to five years are more likely to agree.
say there should be more opportunities to support crosscultural education and awareness based on recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.
agree that youth in Calgary have opportunities to be involved in their communities but only 38% agree there are opportunities available for youth employment.
say seniors have access to affordable housing.
say seniors have a high standard of living.
of women rate their opportunities to participate in democratic processes as excellent/good.
of women rate their ability to exercise their right and freedoms as excellent/good (vs. 68% males).
Calgarians who rate safety in their neighbourhoods as excellent:
Homelessness in Calgarians
Indigenous peoples make up just 3% of Calgary's general population. They accounted for 20% of those enumerated on the night of the homeless count.
There is limited data on the health and well-being of the Indigenous community in Calgary.
What we do know is this group is substantially over-represented in terms of poverty and serious health issues.
** Immigrants granted status to live and work in Canada but who are not Canadian citizens. (i.e. student, foreign worker, etc.)
1 in 3 Calgarians believe seniors have a high standard of living.
25% say seniors have access to affordable housing.
Retirement Homes Vacancy Rate
* A space where the resident does not receive high-level care (that is, the resident receives less than 1.5 hours of care per day) or is not required to pay an extra amount to receive high-level care. Regional terms for this type of space may vary across the country.
* A space where the resident does not receive high-level care (that is, the resident receives less than 1.5 hours of care per day) or is not
required to pay an extra amount to receive high-level care. Regional terms for this type of space may vary across the country.
Vital Signs is a national program coordinated by Community Foundations of Canada that is locally led by community foundations.
Vital Signs leverages local knowledge to measure the vitality of our communities and support action towards improving our collective quality of life.