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Oasis in a ‘resource desert’: hub launched to support Edmonton job-seekers, families, language students – CBC

by ahnationtalk on March 7, 2018169 Views

Extend Community Resource Hub on 107th Avenue brings together Indigenous, newcomers and long-time residents

Mar 07, 2018

Volunteers have launched an oasis of sorts in an Edmonton neighbourhood just north of downtown they describe as a “resource desert.”

Blocks away — but a world apart — from the thriving arena and surrounding Ice District, a new space known as Extend Community Resource Hub offers employment, family and language supports to local Indigenous, newcomers and long-time residents.

At a time when the federal government is spending billions on Indigenous programs, the group launched the grassroots initiative in mere months, with little government support or funding, to fill gaps in some basic services.

Last Friday, the hub’s second-floor office at the corner of 112th Street and 107th Avenue buzzed with residents, advocates, politicians and recruiters. They attended a ceremony for graduates of a new employment training course infused with First Nations traditions.

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