Project Partners & Funders
Antyx Community Arts engages youth & their communities in creative group processes that encourage personal growth, learning, and connection. Through collaborative projects in visual arts, dance, digital media, theatre, poetry, and more, we help youth build their capacity to engage with their community and make positive social change. http://www.antyx.org/
The Diamond Willow Youth Lodge was designed to support Indigenous youth in Calgary and area on their path to healing and well being. Diamond Willow Youth Lodge is a safe, welcoming place for youth between the ages of 12 - 29 to drop-in or participate in a variety of programs and activities. To develop this project, and under the guidance of Indigenous Elders, United Way partnered with Miskanawah, a local agency that offers supportive services guided by Indigenous teachings. Since opening in the fall of 2018, the Lodge offers a welcoming and inclusive gathering place for Indigenous youth to connect with peers and build positive informal relationships with Elders in a safe and non-stigmatizing setting. Youth participate in their own healing and well being at their own pace.
Led by an Indigenous youth coordinator, Indigenous Youth Council, and youth participants, the Lodge provides Indigenous youth the opportunity to design their own space based on the interests and needs of the participants, who come from diverse Indigenous backgrounds. By providing culturally appropriate healing practices and activities, as well as access to a variety of supports, the Lodge promotes self discovery, Indigenous identity, and well being.