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Aboriginal Youth Explosion 2011/2012 Report

From November 2011– March 2012, Aboriginal youth groups from across Southern Alberta invited Bridges Social Development to engage them in leadership development and capacity building by way of Bridges’ Unveiling Youth Potential (UYP) program. This training was rooted in the core components of Bridges’ programming: Wisdom Stories (who am I and what is my potential […]


Posted in More Resources | Keywords: , | May 11, 2012

First Nations youth share wisdom

By Lindsay Douglas Wisdom stories reflect on three questions: Who am I? What are the opportunities in my community? What kind of changes can I contribute toward? The questions were answered during the first Aboriginal Youth Explosion, which was held at Mount Royal University on March 18. The event, hosted by Bridges Social Development, was […]

Posted in More Resources | Keywords: , | March 24, 2012

Tara Beaver uses her public speaking skill to empower others at First Nations youth event

By Joel Dryden On March 18, the first-ever Aboriginal Youth Explosion was held at Mount Royal University. It was a showcase for First Nations youth from Calgary and the surrounding area to express themselves through song, art and dance. One such young woman was 24-year-old Tara Beaver who co-hosted and spoke at the event. She […]

Posted in More Resources | Keywords: , | March 24, 2012

Talents of Aboriginal youth highlighted at celebration

By Meghan Potkins, Calgary Herald For years, Tara Beaver was tormented by the feeling that her feet were planted in two different worlds. A childhood spent bouncing between the Morley reserve, where she lives with her full-blooded Sioux mother, and the Cochrane home of her mostly white father, left her feeling confused and alone. “I […]

Posted in More Resources | Keywords: , | March 24, 2012

First Nations youth showcase their talents in Calgary

By CBC News First Nations youth from Calgary and surrounding area gathered on Sunday to showcase their talents as the first-ever Aboriginal Youth Explosion at the Mount Royal University campus. The event gave aboriginal youth a platform to tell their stories through song, dance, poetry and art. Tara Beaver, 24, co-hosted the event and said […]

Posted in More Resources | Keywords: , | March 24, 2012

Sharing artifact story at workshop brings tears

October 26, 2011 By: Tara Beaver Source: Cochrane Eagle Online I recently went to a workshop in Calgary with Canada Bridges. It was quite the experience. I found out about it through a woman I met. I told her about my column in The Eagle and she directed me to Canada Bridges. I visited the website […]


Posted in More Resources, Resource Centre | Keywords: , , | November 4, 2011

How to turn the Arab Spring into Summer

by Donna Kennedy-Glans (from Wednesday’s Globe and Mail; Published Wednesday, Jul. 13, 2011 2:00AM EDT) The Arab Spring has moved into its next season: Arab Summer. In the natural world, summer is the time for flowering blossoms to progress their journey to mature fruit. Yet, this summer, it’s hard to find anyone who doesn’t feel a few […]

Posted in More Resources, Resource Centre | Keywords: , , | July 13, 2011

First Nations protections symbolic but important

By John Ivison: Jun 16, 2011 – 6:24 PM ET People living on First Nations reserves will have the same human rights protection as other Canadians beginning this weekend, when they will come under the umbrella of the Canadian Human Rights Act for the first time. Previously, the act — which prevents discrimination on grounds […]

Posted in More Resources | Keywords: , , | June 20, 2011

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Posted in More Resources, Resource Centre | November 9, 2010

Aboriginal Youth Conference in line with essence of MRU

Unveiling youth potential is at the heart of Mount Royal University and is the core theme of the inaugural Aboriginal Youth Leading Change workshop set to take place in Ross Glen Hall on Oct.30. Mount Royal’s Faculty of Health and Community Studies (Community of Practice for Indigenous Health) is collaborating with Bridges Social Development and […]

Posted in More Resources, Resource Centre | Keywords: , , , | October 28, 2010

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