Take Action

Here are some campaigns we are involved in and/or support.

November 27th/21: 2 Campaigns by ACORN (Association of Community Organizations for Reform Now) – acorncanada.org

TELL ALBERTA GOVERNMENT THAT TENANTS HAVE RIGHTS!

Sign the petition: https://nwmd.io/s/email/ZhQ4AzjEHPXqQ2urLbI=/r

SAY HANDS OFF PUBLIC HOUSING AND NO TO PRIVATIZATION!

Sign the petition: https://nwmd.io/s/email/ZhQ0ADXEHPXqQ2urK7U=/r

November 24/21: WETASKAWIN HOUSING CRISIS


• Un-housed community members, most of whom are Indigenous, have been literally left out in the winter cold for weeks, living in dehumanizing conditions in a field.
Read here: https://www.aptnnews.ca/national-news/tensions-rise-in-wetaskiwin-after-homeless-shelter-closes/
Read here: https://globalnews.ca/news/8367444/wetaskiwin-homeless-camp-conditions-november-2021/
• Many community members, leaders and organizations who offered solidarity and worked to address the right to housing and supports were met with “policies and by-laws” and repressive tactics and harassment meant to terminate their efforts and isolate those whose housing and services rights were unmet.
Read here: https://www.cbc.ca/news/canada/edmonton/alta-rural-homelessness-1.6210778
• The horrific treatment of primarily Indigenous people in Wetaskiwin is part of a long-standing pattern of colonization, racism and classism, and contravenes the International Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous People, to which Canada is a signatory.
Read here: Government of Canada introduces legislation respecting the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples
DEMANDS FOR JUSTICE

  1. The immediate provision of high standard permanent shelter options accessible around the clock and a
    committed plan to establish housing solutions as a human right.
  2. The immediate provision of professional wrap-around services guided by and in consultation with
    Indigenous Elders, leaders and organizations.
  3. An end to the harassment of un-housed community members and those supporting them.
  4. Anti-racism, decolonization and human rights training for member of Wetaskiwin City Council, RCMP and
    all other relevant personnel interacting with the un-housed population.
  5. WHAT CAN YOU DO?
    Injustice thrives when people remain silent (MLK). Email, phone or write the elected officials who are responsible, which includes all 3 levels of government:
    ▪ Wetaskiwin Mayor and Council Members
    ▪ The Alberta Minister of Indigenous Relations Rick Wilson (also MLA for region)
    ▪ Member of Parliament Mike Lake
    Spread the word through your social media platforms and email lists and ask people to take action now to demand Housing and Service Rights in Wetaskiwin and Everywhere.
    The Coalition for Housing Rights in Wetaskiwin is an anti-racist decolonial movement.
    Coalition4housing.wetaskiwin@gmail.com

November 24/21: BEAR CLAN

What you can do to support Bear Clan’s critical work in our community:

Bear Clan wants to provide 1000 hampers of various sizes during the 2021 holiday season.

• – Contact Bear Clan (email below) to assist with the packing and/or delivery of hampers

•- Spread the word via email and social media

•- Send money via eTransfer to Bear Clan bearclanyyc@gmail.com or via assemblyofsw@gmail.com

• or send a cheque for Bear Clan made out to WTEP and we will send the money on to Bear Clan

to: WTEP c/o 39 – 4th St. N.E. T2E 3R6

•- Contact Bear Clan at bearclanyyc@gmail.com to drop off gently used or new:

o Winter hats , gloves, scarfs

o Winter jackets 

o Hoodies

o Warm socks

o Sleeping bags and/or emergency blankets

o Air mattresses

• – Send a monetary gift to Bear Clan by ordering Orange Shirt and Red Dress decals from Chance Bellegarde. Chance accepts e-transfers ands directs all funds to the Calgary Bear Clan. Please indicate that the money sent is a gift, not a donation. The decals can be picked up at Chance’s in North Haven. Email him for details and eTransfer redmanwoodworksyyc@gmail.com

https://redmancustoms.square.site/

Support Vaccines for Seasonal Agricultural Workers

WTEP is supporting the Mexican Association of Calgary in their efforts to make Covid vaccines available and accessible to temporary migrant farm workers in Alberta.
See CBC link for details about the situation.

A summary of demands is as follows:

• The prioritization of temporary agricultural workers in the vaccine roll out

• The AB government coordinate with employers to arrange workers’ transportation to a vaccination centre or to work with Alberta Health to provide mobile vaccine clinics at places of employment

• That information regarding the vaccines and where workers can be vaccinated is distributed in the language of the farmworkers

• That workers do not lose pay for the time spent getting vaccinated. 

Take note that the government is saying that it is moving on this issue but we think they need to be accountable and transparent about what concrete steps they are taking to get vaccines to these workers and they need to have timelines. You might ask for these also.

Here is a list of email addresses.

  • We will ask that if you have the time, please write letters to the Editor of different newspapers
  • If you can, please email the following Government Officials, you can send them the articles, our letter or your own opinion on the issue. The more we email the better:

Thank you for your assistance in this matter.

Voices of the Oppressed: Police Brutality educational experience at Poppy Plaza, 1111 Memorial Drive NW

Voices of the Oppressed: Police Brutality Tickets, Sun, 23 May 2021 at 1:00 PM | Eventbrite

Facebook event page here: https://www.facebook.com/events/309409577253908

Inclusive Canada is teaming up with friends ARC Vancouver for ‘Voices of the Oppressed: Police Brutality,’ an event aimed to bring communities together in solidarity and provide an educational experience to help people better understand the importance of defunding the police in order to refund our communities, and what a police-free future could look like if our current grassroots structures were better supported. Some of the topics you can expect to learn about include mutual aid, mental health, harm reduction, community safety, decriminalization, and Queer community support.

Oppose the K-6 Curriculum

Petition · Adriana LaGrange: Albertans against the proposed new K-6 curriculum · Change.org

Change the Name of Langevin School

Petition · Board of Trustees: Rename the CBE Langevin Science School in order to stop honoring racist colonial policies · Change.org