This year, many community foundations chose to press pause on their respective Vital Signs publications. We spent many weeks considering whether we too should be holding off. When we considered the powerful ramifications of not undertaking Calgary’s Vital Signs, the answer was obvious; we had to proceed. And we are glad we did.
There are many interesting data points throughout these pages: the mental health issues faced by our youth, our renewed fondness for gardening, the financial struggles so many of us are facing, but amongst all that information, there is one data set we feel is especially relevant to 2020. This year, we segmented some of the survey results by race. As the data indicates, for Black, Indigenous, and People of Colour, the experience of our city is often harder. By reflecting on the inequality, discrimination, and hardship many of us unfairly experience we can begin to change. Our hope is that the end of this report becomes the beginning of something new for our readers. Reflection is an important first step to lasting change, but our collective responsibility does not end there. We have seen, now it is time to act.
President & CEO
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In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge Moh’kinsstis, and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Blackfoot confederacy: Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda and Tsuut’ina Nations. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. Finally, we acknowledge all Nations - Indigenous and non - who live, work and play on this land, and who honour and celebrate this territory.
The results presented in the 2020 Vital Signs report are based on the survey responses of 1,000 Calgarians. To ensure an accurate representation of the population in proportion to city census data, survey respondents were randomly selected based on demographic quotas (age, gender, ethnicity, and city quadrant) from a pool of 20,000. The survey questions are largely quantitative, and the responses reflect the views of the general Calgary population. Margin of Error: For comparative purposes, a probability sample of 1,000 results in a margin of error of +/- 3.10%, 19 times out of 20.
(Indian, Bangladeshi, Pakistani, Sri Lanka, etc.)
(African, African-American, etc.)
(Vietnamese, Cambodian, Malaysian, Laotian, Thai, etc.)
(Mexican, Chilean, Costa Rican, etc.)
(First Nations, Inuit, Métis)
(Middle East, North Africa)
(Iranian, Afghan, etc.)
I prefer not to answer
Elizabeth Peters, Chair
Murray Laverty, Vice Chair
Siân M. Matthews
Dr. Alykhan Nanji
Hugh D. Williamson, Q.C
Eva Friesen, President & CEO
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