Vital City 2021

Vital City 2021

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After a period of prolonged isolation that led to unprecedented challenges... what does it mean to be a Calgarian right now?

About this event

What: Eva Friesen, President and CEO, and Murray Laverty, Board Chair present Calgary Foundation's Report to Community, and guests Marichu Antonio and Elder Casey Eagle Speaker reflect on community change.

When & Where: Join us virtually from 12:00 pm – 1:00 pm MST

Accessing the event: First, make sure you have registered through Eventbrite and then click "access the event" button on this page.

Marichu Antonio (Piitaki)

Marichu is an inclusion leader with 50 years of experience in community development and advocacy in Canada and internationally and recently, Calgary’s 2020 Citizen of the Year. As recently retired Executive Director of ActionDignity for 12 years, Marichu raises the collective voice of culturally diverse communities in our city. ActionDignity serves as a platform for over 100 ethnocultural organizations that promotes collaboration towards more equitable policies and accessible and culturally relevant services. Prior to ActionDignity, Marichu worked with the Centre for Newcomers as the Manager for Community Development where she started several innovative initiatives like EthniCity Catering and the hiring of newcomer community workers. Marichu was gifted with a Blackfoot name Piitaki, meaning Eagle Woman, for her work with diverse communities across generations.

Casey Eagle Speaker (Sorrel Horse)

Casey Eagle Speaker also known by his traditional name “Sorrel Horse” by his people within the Blackfoot Confederation. He is a member of the Kainai in Southern Alberta.

In the Year 2000, Casey was honored with the Chief David Crow Child Award from the City of Calgary for his work in cross-cultural awareness and in addition the Dr. Joseph Crow Shoe Award from the University of Calgary for his work in Indigenous Education. Casey has received numerous other awards for his work in society.

Casey has served on several boards such as the Native Women’s Shelter, Four Directions Foster Parents Association, Ghost River Rediscovery, and presently is the Chair of The Wisdom Council (AHS) and is involved in a number of advisory committees.

Casey is active in the spiritual practices of his people and recognized by the community as a respected Elder. He has been working with Hull Services since 1998, as the Indigenous Resource Coordinator. He is devoted to the wellbeing of Indigenous youth in all facets of their healing journey in life. Casey often states on any path a person chooses to take, it is important just to be human.