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City Lacks ‘One-Stop Shop’ for Native Resources – Calgary Herald

by NationTalk on January 12, 2012460 Views

City lacks ‘one-stop shop’ for native resources

By Jamie Komarnicki, Calgary Herald January 12, 2012

Driftpile band member Henri Giroux’s home reserve is in a remote area of northern Alberta, but she’s never been a stranger to cities. Giroux grew up in Grande Prairie and spent years living in Edmonton.

So when she and her son moved to Calgary nine years ago, Giroux brought a U-Haul, a good map and an urban survival plan for life in a city of a million.

With advice and support from her parents, the young woman had enough cash for several month’s rent, then used the Internet to find a place to live. The three-bedroom apartment in Lakeview she found was close to Mount Royal College, where Giroux had been accepted into an aboriginal education program.

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