National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2022

September 30: National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, a day that coincides with Orange Shirt Day, recognizes the tragic legacy of residential schools, the missing children, the families left behind and the survivors of these institutions. Orange Shirt Day is an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day intended to raise awareness of the individual, family and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to promote the concept of “Every Child Matters”. We encourage all Canadians to wear orange to honour the thousands of survivors of residential schools.


September 30 Events:

High River:

FCSS High River
Awareness packages with Orange Shirt cookie
251 9 Ave SW – 1:30 – 2:30 pm

Museum of the Highwood
The History of Treaty 7 – Jared Tailfeathers
406 1st St SW – 1:00 pm

Okotoks:

Okotoks Art Gallery
Blackfoot ceremony for residential school survivors
53 North Railway Street – 10:00 am

Okotoks Art Gallery/Okotoks Museum & Archives
Various exhibits
49 North Railway Street – 10:00 am – 5:00 pm

Calgary:

USAY and CIF Reconciliation Society
Pokaiks Commemorative Walk & IndigiTRAILS – Remembering Our Children
Prince’s Island Park (at the stage) – 9:30 am – 2:30 pm

Siksika Health Services & Calgary Hitmen
Every Child Matters Traditional Powwow
Scotiabank Saddledome – 7:00 pm (doors open at 6:00 pm)

Annual General Meeting 2022

Rowan House Podcast Featuring FRVS

Program Manager Kerri Wilkinson of FRVS has been featured in Rowan House’s podcast!

To listen for free, visit: https://rowanhousesociety.buzzsprout.com/ or with your own streaming service such as Apple Podcasts, Spotify, or Google Podcasts.

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To kick off Season 3, we go back to the beginning. How does someone typically find out about Rowan House and make the decision to come into the shelter or connect with an Outreach Support Worker? Well, in many cases, the answer may be with support and resource referral from Foothills Regional Victim Services. In this episode, long-time program manager, Kerri Wilkinson joins me to talk about the role they play in helping families begin their journey to hope and healing.

Casino – November 29 & 30

Feeling lucky??

You’ve got two nights to find out at our casino event!


We are still looking for volunteers – if interested please email foothillsvictimservices@gmail.com

Nov 29

  • 2 people for the 7:00pm to 3:30am shift
  • 5 people for the 11:00pm to 3:30am shift

 

Nov 30

  • 3 people for the 7:00pm to 3:30am shift

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation 2021

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

September 30, 2021 marks the first National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day honours the lost children and Survivors of residential schools, their families, and communities.

Orange Shirt Day

The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and Orange Shirt Day are both on September 30. Orange Shirt Day was created out of the experience of Phyllis Webstad, a Northern Secwpemc (Shuswap) from the Stswecem’c Xgat’tem First Nation. She had her new orange shirt taken away from her on her first day of school. Orange Shirt Day has since become an Indigenous-led grassroots commemorative day that honours the children who survived Indian Residential Schools and remembers those who did not. Everyone is still encouraged to wear orange shirts on this day in commemoration.


For more information, visit the Canadian Heritage website.

World Suicide Prevention Day 2021

This is a day to remember those we’ve lost to suicide and raise awareness about how suicide can be prevented.

The Canadian Mental Health Association’s Centre for Suicide Prevention has written an article that explains how to:

  • identify a person thinking about suicide
  • reach out and have a conversation
  • connect them to help
  • create a safety plan with them
  • support them as they move forward

Board Member Volunteers Needed

We are looking for new Board Members!

For more information and to download the application, please visit our How to Volunteer section.

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day – June 15

World Elder Abuse Awareness Day was launched June 15, 2006 by the International Network for the Prevention of Elder Abuse and the World Health Organization at the United Nations.

WEAAD is also in support of the United Nations International Plan of Action acknowledging the significance of elder abuse as a public health and human rights issue.

Since its inception, communities throughout the country and around the world used this day to raise the visibility of elder abuse, by sharing information about abuse and neglect and promoting the resources and services that increase seniors’ safety and well-being.

Annual General Meeting – April 26, 2021

 

For more information and to request an invite, contact: foothillsvictimservices@gmail.com

Project SOS: Share Our Stories

Project SOS: Share Our Stories is a writing opportunity for seniors to share their stories of resiliency and how they got through a difficult time in their lives.

 

The Town of Okotoks, in partnership with the communities of Black Diamond, Turner Valley, Foothills County, High River and Longview, will share new stories every Wednesday until May 31, 2021. Collected stories will be shared in 2021 on the Town of Okotoks’ website.

Foothills Regional Victim Services would like to encourage you to post your story to this wonderful project!

Visit: http://www.okotoks.ca/SOS to share your story and to read about challenges seniors in our communities have faced, and how they got through it – and maybe find inspiration on how to face your own challenges!

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