International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples


August 9th is the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples to promote and protect the rights of the world’s indigenous population. Progress has been made, such as the UN Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples –in which Canada became a full supporter as of May 2016– however, indigenous peoples “overwhelmingly continue to face discrimination, marginalization and major challenges in enjoying their basic rights” (United Nations).
These challenges remain true in Canada, and are evident at CUPS with approximately one-third of our 9,000 plus participants being Aboriginal, which is a vast overrepresentation since Calgary’s Aboriginal population is only 3% of the population. It is not a surprise that CUPS has a high percentage of Aboriginal people accessing our services, given what research says about the impacts of trauma on the brain, its effects on physical and mental health later in life, and how environmental influences can actually change the way genes are expressed as they are passed through generations. It is with the help of this research that we better understand why the consequences of residential schools still haunt us to this day, not only with students having experienced the trauma of physical, emotional, and sexual abuse, but with the odds of children dying in the residential schools being comparable to those of Canadians dying while serving in WWII.
With today being the International Day of the World’s Indigenous Peoples, we note the progress made thus far, but also recognize that there is so much more to be done. We all have a role in increasing our awareness of the systemic issues Aboriginal peoples face, fostering healthy relationships, and adopting the principles of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. Let’s together, journey on a path to reconciliation and a better future for all.


Share this story!

#ShineALight on the Numbers

● 1 in 10 Calgarians live in poverty

● 1 in 4 Canadians lives with diabetes, undiagnosed diabetes or prediabetes

● 1 in 5 Canadians experience mental illness or addiction problems each year

● 4 million people in Canada experience food insecurity

● 1 in 8 Canadian households struggle to put food on the table.

● An estimated 45% of the overall homeless population are individuals living with mental illness

● 28 – 34% of shelter users are Indigenous peoples

● 40% of Indigenous children in Canada live in poverty

Parallels H-Sphere

Error 404: File Not Found

The requested page is not found. This may happen due to the following reasons:

  • Page or file is outdated, renamed, moved, or does not exist.
  • You typed the address incorrectly, like instead of

Please contact your webmaster if you are not sure what goes wrong.

This page is autogenerated by Parallels® H-Sphere