COSI (Coalition of Social Inclusion)

This group was formed to think about longer-term processes of integration, social inclusion and settlement past the first year of living in Canada. It is attended by social service providers, educators, researchers, newcomers and representatives of community-based organizations.

M.A.P.S. is pleased to be a member of this Coalition.

Community Mental Health Action Plan

The Community Mental Health Action Plan event took place on October 10th, 2019. Here are some quick links for more information

Here are photos from the day that capture the amazing elements we had that day: friendship, openness, gratitude, curiosity, excitement, collaboration, and great people and food! Thank you to all of the speakers, the Jerry Forbes Centre (ABC HeadStart, Caregivers Alberta), and to everyone who shared their experiences of hardship and hope. You remind us all why we do this work.

Mill Woods Cultural Diversity Collaborative

The Mill Woods Cultural Diversity Collaborative (MWCDC) is a multisectoral collaboration group of 30+ service providers, ranging from not-for profits, churches, government bodies and community members, who are passionate about an inclusive, healthy, and thriving culturally diverse community.

M.A.P.S. is pleased to be co-chairing this Collaborative.

In 2018 – 2019, the Mill Woods Cultural Diversity Collaborative (MWCDC) facilitated a series of intercultural dialogues in the community of Mill Woods. The aim of these dialogues was to provide an opportunity for people from different cultures to discuss, learn, and share ideas and challenges about race, culture, and Canadian identity.  this project was funded by the Alberta Culture and Tourism Anti-Racism Grant. Here is the Final Report.

Here are photos from the Intercultural Dialogues events and the Grande Celebration event held in November 2019. These beautiful images capture how the cultural diversity in Mill Woods can foster an inclusive, healthy, and thriving community for all.

PATH (Providing Accessible Transit Here)

A City of Edmonton program that provides free monthly transit passes to individuals who are homeless or are at high risk of homelessness.

Sponsored and convened by the City of Edmonton and provided through various social agencies, Providing Accessible Transit Here (PATH) gives vulnerable Edmontonians a monthly transit pass. This helps them to attend school and seek work and housing, as well as medical and other social services.

In 2016, PATH evolved out of the Youth Transit Access Project. The City of Edmonton, MAPS Alberta, the High-Risk Youth Initiative with the Government of Alberta and five youth-serving agencies (Boyle Street Education Centre, iHuman Youth Services, Native Counselling Services of Alberta, Old Strathcona Youth Society and Youth Empowerment Support Services) worked together to distribute 100 monthly youth transit passes. The project was successful and it expanded in November 2016 to include vulnerable youth and adults.

SEYAC (South East Youth Allies Coalition)

The South East Youth Acllies Coalition has conducted research into social norms regarding youth behaviour in Mill Woods. The results demonstrated that both youth and adults believe youth are involved in more unhealthy behaviours then they are. A social norms campaign called #MeetTheRealMillWoods is being developed and implemented to correct these beliefs. See some campaign materials below.

M.A.P.S. is pleased to be co-chairing this committee as well as providing community-based research support.

Please visit the South East youth Allies Coalition website at www.seyac.ca for more information.