Unique Service for Aboriginal Newcomers Officially Launches
Edmonton, Alberta – March 15, 2012 –
WHAT: Official launch of the New in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service
WHO: Bent Arrow Traditional Healing Society, Boyle Street Community Services, and Boyle Street Aboriginal Services
WHEN: March 20th, 2012 – 11am to 1pm
WHERE: Edmonton, City Hall, 1 Sir Winston Churchill SquareBACKGROUND: Seventy percent of Edmonton’s Aboriginal population originates from other communities. The New in Town Aboriginal Welcome Service is a three-year community-based pilot project that offers coordinated and culturally-relevant services to Aboriginal people and their families who have lived in Edmonton for one year or less and/or have recently been released from a corrections facility. The project is designed to reduce the number of risk factors in a newcomer’s life and increase the number of positive factors that can lead to success. Since starting in September, New in Town has had over 80 intakes.
NOTES: It is expected that nearly 100 community members and politicians will attend the New in Town official launch. Mayor Stephen Mandel will be speaking at approximately 11:10. Speakers will be available for comments.
Boyle Street Community Services