March 2019
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Alberta Initiatives

Foundations in Truth and Reconciliation

At AASAS, we realize the necessity of truth and reconciliation – it is included in our strategic plan, and we are committed to engaging in the work that it takes to achieve both truth and reconciliation. Decolonizing practice in a sustainable way takes time, patience and most importantly, relationship. We are currently laying some of the foundation for this work with our members.

AASAS practicum student, Tiffany Goebel is undertaking a literature review and a survey of our members to get a sense of the decolonization work that is already underway throughout the province, and to see what is still to be done. As this work is underway, we are forming new relationships with Indigenous communities, and learning how to do things in a good way.

The work has just begun, but we envision good relationships, the telling of truths, and the changing of ways so that all Albertans can have culturally safe access to services, and we can have a province free from sexual violence.

In July 2018, Sagesse announced the creation of The Provincial Collective Impact Initiative (PCII) - an ecosystem inspired by a very powerful idea – ending domestic and sexual violence. This collective represents a broad range of organizations, sectors and political affiliations. AASAS is a member of this collective. The group is co-authoring a version of ‘collective impact’ to address the complexities that underpin the systems and structures that support violence, and create deep and durable impact.

The first Summit will be held in March in Edmonton - where the collective will decide on their top 3 priorities and what the collective looks like moving forward.

In the News

The AASAS team was fortunate to be able to attend The Leading Change Summit in Edmonton. Presented by the Alberta Council of Women's Shelters, the conference focused on violence prevention.

Deb Tomlinson, AASAS CEO, moderated a panel discussion and presented a breakout session on the successful #IBelieveYou campaign. A highlight of the conference was the keynote presentation by Dr. Michael Flood on engaging men and boys in violence prevention, along with his panel discussion with actor and former NFL player, Terry Crews, on pornography, masculinity, and domestic and sexual violence.

Training Opportunities

First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training

What will Participants Learn?

This training is intended to build the capacity of professionals, paraprofessionals and community members to assess and respond effectively to disclosures of sexual assault and sexual abuse. Survivors who receive safe and supportive responses to disclosures of sexual violence are more likely to reach out for help from medical and counselling services and/ or report to police. First Responder to Sexual Assault and Abuse Training™ is a comprehensive two day training, inclusive of the full continuum of sexual violence and across the lifespan.

Upcoming training dates:
Mar 7-8 Lloydminster (Registration Open)
Mar 25-26 Peace River (Private Training)
May 2-3 Lethbridge (Registration Open)
May 27-28 Lloydminster (Registration Open)
May 29-30 Edmonton (Registration Open)
Oct 10-11 Lethbridge (Registration Open)

Please visit the AASAS website regularly for new training dates.

If you would like to coordinate a First Responder Training in your community, organization, or institution – please email AASAS.

Member Agency Events & Updates

Chinook Sexual Assault Centre will have their Official Grand Opening at 10 am Friday, March 8!

Come and meet the team at 502, 740 4th Avenue South Lethbridge.
Women's March Red Deer

In recognition of International Women’s Day, the Central Alberta Sexual Assault Support Centre (CASASC), Red Deer Welcoming and Inclusive Communities (WIC) and the Central Alberta Immigrant Women’s Association (CAIWA) will partner together for the first annual Women’s March Red Deer.
Join us on Saturday, March 9 for an empowering march designed to bring awareness and encourage women to be a visible force for positive change.
The event will start at 11 a.m. at CAIWA’s Club Café (5019 Ross Street) with a pre-gathering and smudge. The march will launch from the café at 11:30am, winding through the downtown core, returning by noon.
All are invited to attend the march – all cultures, abilities, ages, races and gender identities.
Following the march through downtown Red Deer, a potluck lunch and sharing circle will be held. Attendees can bring food items to share with the group.
The purpose of the march is to not only bring awareness around International Women’s Day, but to connect a diverse group of women from the central Alberta region to create unity and solidarity in the community.
“The theme for Red Deer Women’s March is women healing communities,” said Sadia Khan, march organizer. “Women have always been the heart of healing communities, peacebuilding and a visible force for positive change.”
Attendees are encouraged to bring signage for the march that is empowering, inclusive and respectful.
CCASA Workshop: Re-Thinking Prevention
Explore why traditional prevention strategies that focus responsibility on those who may experience sexual violence, as opposed to those who choose to perpetrate these behaviours, are ineffective. Participants will also learn how society has continued to perpetuate a culture that is accepting of sexual violence and the significant ways in which all people can work towards its prevention.

Click on the image above to register for this free workshop.
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