The People's Gathering

What started as a small celebration in the parking lot of The Alex, became a full-fledged event this year, in honour of Aboriginal Awareness Week. In June, the 6th Annual People's Gathering tookover Olympic Plaza with traditional dances, drumming, and an arts market. In addition to celebrating Indigenous culture, Johanna Schwartz of The Alex said the organization hoped to raise awareness about how they help vulnerable Calgarians with health, wellness, and housing needs. Approximately 700 people attended the event - a big step up from the first year's 100. Schwartz said the added visibility of hosting it at Olympic Plaza made the resulting conversations about culture and community much more meaningful. The location is already booked for next year's celebration.

This vital priority issue area includes the Indigenous community, youth, seniors and immigrant workers.

Prevalence of Diabetes

Compare the prevalence of diabetes in Indigenous and Non-Indigenous Females.

15% of Indigenous females live with diabetes.

Roughly twice as many as in Non-Indigenous communities.
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7% of Non-Indigenous females live with diabetes.

Roughly half as many as in Indigenous communities.
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Perceptions of Calgarians

Based on Vital Signs Survey

56%

agree that more should be done to create opportunities for Indigenous peoples (employment, education and housing). Females, people under 45 and residents of Calgary for up to five years are more likely to agree.

57%

say there should be more opportunities to support crosscultural education and awareness based on recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission.

66%

agree that youth in Calgary have opportunities to be involved in their communities but only 38% agree there are opportunities available for youth employment.

25%

say seniors have access to affordable housing.

33%

say seniors have a high standard of living.

82%

of women rate their opportunities to participate in democratic processes as excellent/good.

79%

of women rate their ability to exercise their right and freedoms as excellent/good (vs. 68% males).

Calgarians who rate safety in their neighbourhoods as excellent:

Northwest

36%

Southwest

31%

NW NE SW SE
Northeast

20%

Southeast

21%

Homelessness in Calgarians

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Indigenous peoples make up just 3% of Calgary's general population. They accounted for 20% of those enumerated on the night of the homeless count.
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0 500 1,000 1,500 2,000 2,000 2,500 Caucasian Indigenous Other Unknown Number Of Homeless Calgarians 2014 2016 Indigenous peoples make up just 3% of Calgary's general population. They accounted for 20% of those enumerated on the night of the homeless count.

Life Expectancy at Birth

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1009080706050403020100 2012 2013 2014 2015 Age In Years Indigenous Non-Indigenous Alberta
There is limited data on the health and well-being of the Indigenous community in Calgary. What we do know is this group is substantially over-represented in terms of poverty and serious health issues.

Permanent Residents

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** Immigrants granted status to live and work in Canada but who are not Canadian citizens. (i.e. student, foreign worker, etc.)
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22,00020,00018,00016,00014,00012,00010,0008,0006,0004,0002,0000 2010 2011 2012 2013 2014 2015 2016 Number of Permanent Residents Calgary Edmonton Alberta

1 in 3 Calgarians believe seniors have a high standard of living.

25% say seniors have access to affordable housing.

Retirement Homes Vacancy Rate

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* A space where the resident does not receive high-level care (that is, the resident receives less than 1.5 hours of care per day) or is not required to pay an extra amount to receive high-level care. Regional terms for this type of space may vary across the country.
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0% 5% 10% 15% 20% CALGARY EDMONTON REST OF ALBERTA ALBERTA Vacanacy Rate: Standard Space* In A Retirement Home (%) 2017 2016 2015 2014 Calgary's vacancyrate has more thandoubled since2014

Seniors' Rent

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* A space where the resident does not receive high-level care (that is, the resident receives less than 1.5 hours of care per day) or is not required to pay an extra amount to receive high-level care. Regional terms for this type of space may vary across the country.
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1009080706050403020100 Percentage of Standard Spaces* < $2,000 $2,000-$2,499 Cost per month } $2,500-$2,999 $3,000+ 2017 Calgary Edmonton Rest of Alberta

Youth
Unemployment

Down by 5.3% since Oct 26
Youth unemployment rates in Calgary are on par with those in Toronto and almost 6% higher than in Vancouver.
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Toronto

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Calgary's Vital Signs

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