The devastating discovery of 215 children at the former Kamloops Indian Residential School is a painful reminder of the residential school system’s horrific legacy of violence and abuse. The YWCAs of Alberta mourn these children, and extend our sincere and heartfelt condolences to the survivors, families and all First Nations people throughout Turtle Island. Without Truth, there can be no Reconciliation. The traumas that communities, families, and survivors of residential schools endured have been passed
The Rose Campaign
December 4, 2020
The Rose Campaign is a national advocacy campaign to end violence against women and girls. The Campaign takes its name from the original Rose button, created 27 years ago to commemorate 14 young women who were murdered at l’Ecole Polytechnique, by calling for action on violence against women and promoting strategies to stop violence in our communities.
December 6 is Canada’s National Day of Remembrance and Action on Violence Against Women – a day we remember the women who died and re-commit to taking action on violence against women and girls until our streets, our campuses and our homes are safe. Because Canada is not yet a safe country for women.
How YWCA Edmonton Takes Action on Violence Against Women
Since 1907, YWCA Edmonton has been supporting and empowering women and girls. Our work to overcome gender-based violence is realized through many of the programs we offer – Counselling Services, which uses a trauma-informed approach to build hope and resilience; Youth Programming, which teaches youth about healthy relationships, consent and how to handle gender-based violence; and Lakeside Haven, a safe weekend retreat for family survivors of domestic violence. Our advocacy work at all levels of government works to both alleviate immediate community need and help create widespread systemic impact to improve the lives of women and girls in our community, our province, and beyond.