What are Domain Groups?
In the Fall of 1999, an in-depth, multi-phase community consultation entitled “Removing Barriers: A Listening Circle” was initiated in the city of Calgary. Partners included the City of Calgary Community & Social Development, the Calgary Homeless Foundation, Treaty 7 Economic Development Corporation, the Métis Nation of Alberta, Human Resources Development Canada, and Justice Canada’s National Strategy on Community Safety and Crime Prevention. The purpose was to identify barriers that urban Aboriginal people face in Calgary. As a result of the process, a report entitled “Removing Barriers: A Listening Circle” was produced. Eight key issue areas emerged from the Listening Circle process: Education, Employment, Funding, Health, Housing, Human Rights, Justice and Services. When the work initiated through “Removing Barriers: A Listening Circle” evolved to become the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative in 2000, these eight Domain areas became the foundation of the CUAI structure.
- Domain groups exist in order to identify issues and act on recommendations as identified through consultation with the community.
- Domain groups are empowered with a mandate to engage the community in identifying issues and developing and implementing recommended action plans.
- Domain group membership is based on the terms of reference established by each domain group, and each Domain group selects a representative to the CUAI Committee.
The eight CUAI Domain groups are the heart of the Calgary Urban Aboriginal Initiative. It is through these groups that CUAI maintains its connection with the Aboriginal community, and engages the participation of experts in areas of critical concern for Aboriginal Calgarians. Domain groups are comprised of a broad base of stakeholders including community members, agency staff, industry experts and government and institutional representatives. Participation in a Domain group is open to all, with the exception of the Funders Domain which restricts membership to funders with an interest in urban Aboriginal program support.
If you wish to participate on a Domain group, or simply want more information, please click here
to get information on how to contact a CUAI Aboriginal Community Liaison.
On June 7th, 2011, the CUAI Health Domain provided a information session for the Aboriginal community on how to access Non-Insured Health Benefits that featured 3 representatives from Aboriginal Affairs and Northern Development. This event was hosted at the Glenbow Museum ConocoPhillips Theatre and attracted over thirty participants.
On March 28th, 2011, the Education Domain hosted a informative presentation back to the community on the findings of thier 2010 survey. The survey asked the community to answer questions about educational services and programs - what is working, what is not working, how can things be improved, etc. This session allowed for attendees to connect, discuss and share information with each other.
The Services Domain held an Resource Fair at the Crossroads Community Hall on March 9th, 2011, where sixteen booths were featured on local social service agencies and programs. In addition, each agency or organization gave one 15 minute presentation to community members in a break out room. This session was very well attended and as a result the Services Domain is targetting a larger Aboriginal Resource Fair for the fall of 2011.
The Employment Domain hosted a Entrepreneurship session on June 7th at the Harry Hays Building in Calgary. This session was the second in a four part series the Employment Domain is planning over the 2011-2012 year. The focus of this session was on Marketing and Market Research, that featured presentations from Colby Delorme of NATIONimagination, Kristal Roman of the Business Link Centre and Devish Dwiedi.
On May 30th, 2011 the Human Rights domain hosted a interactive and education learning session at the Calgary Firemans Hall. This session focused on Identity and perceptions of people and how they are linked to the way in which we are treated and ultimately how human right violations can occur. Presentations were given by Charlene Hellson and Ed Yuen and a video was shown to attendees. This event was followed with a potluck dinner.
On March 24th, 2011, the Justice Domain cohosted a dialogue session with Correction Service Canada. This session featured presentations on Section 84 and engaged attendees in discussion around Re-Integration for adults coming back into the community.