Since November 2012, Shift and representatives from Grande Prairie, AB have been collaborating on a one-year pilot project aimed at disseminating research findings and building knowledge and skills to initiate community-based primary prevention initiatives. The project draws upon principles of a community of practice model and includes a series of group discussions, reflection and presentations from field experts and academics. While Grande Prairie is scheduled to wrap up their pilot project in June of 2013, Medicine Hat/Brooks is getting started with their own community of practice.
Shift acknowledges that we are located on Treaty 4, Treaty 6, and Treaty 7 territories and the traditional meeting grounds and home for many Indigenous Peoples, including Cree, Saulteaux, Niisitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, and Nakota Sioux, the Siksika, the Piikani (Peigan), the Kainai (Blood), the Tsuut’ina (Sacree), Ktunaxa, Secwépemc, Dene, Mountain Cree, and the Stoney Nakoda First Nations, including Chiniki, Bearpaw, and Wesley First Nations. It is also home to Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3 and Region 4. We respect the Treaties that were made, we acknowledge the harms and mistakes of the past and we dedicate ourselves to move forward in partnership with Indigenous communities in a spirit of reconciliation and collaboration.
Initiated by The Brenda Strafford Chair in the Prevention of Domestic Violence