October 15, 2015

Shift’s provincial Healthy Youth Relationships Strategy recently received $280K to support the ongoing implementation of a multi-pronged framework aimed at cultivating healthy relationship skills in young people throughout Alberta.

A highlight of the framework is the implementation of the Fourth R (Relationship) – an evidence-based comprehensive school-based program designed to include students, teachers, parents and the community in reducing violence and risk behaviours with youth between the ages of 11 - 14.  As of September 2015, over 550 Alberta teachers and 30,000 Alberta youth have gone through the program with a target of 50,000 by 2018.

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September 29, 2015

A Blueprint for Canada’s National Action Plan On Violence Against Women and Girls was created by 23 partner organizations who advocate to stop violence against women. The Blueprint outlines what a National Action Plan On Violence Against Women and Girls needs to include, a process for developing and implementing a national plan, and key elements that need to be included in a national plan. The Blueprint includes prevention measures, service responses, legal and justice responses and social policy responses, with an emphasis on educating children, youth and adults about:

  • human rights
  • promoting understanding of healthy relationships, consent and rape culture
  • ...
July 22, 2015

The City of Champions recently launched a new initiative to reduce the rates of domestic violence and sexual assault in Edmonton. As outlined in their Terms of Reference, the goals of the Initiative are to:

- Raise the profile of the work that organizations are already doing;

- Enhance the coordinated, community response to domestic violence and sexual assault;

- Advocate for changes in attitudes and behaviours;

- Promote gender based violence as a public (not private) issue.

Lana Wells was invited to present at the launch to ground the Initiative in research and evidence to support children, youth and adults to develop the capacity to be in healthy...