Episode 88 – Jeff Chalifoux (Silent Walker)

On this episode, we meet Jeff Chalifoux. Jeff is an Indigenous Two Spirit father whose Cree name is Kimwewehtew (Silent Walker)*. Jeff joins us to talk about his career in social work, supporting the 2SLGBTQ+ community in reducing harms associated with sexualized substance use. He shares his story of navigating substance use and correctional systems, and tells us how embracing his gender, sexuality and Indigenous heritage empowers him.

Jeff is a member of the Métis Nation and an advocate for sexual and gender diverse minority communities. Currently in graduate clinical social work studies, Jeff is also a Co-Founder and former Co-Chair and now the Executive Director of the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society. He sits on the Alberta College of Social Worker’s Sexual and Gender Diversity Committee and he is the program coordinator of the Edmonton Men’s Health Collective’s Peer N Peer Harm Reduction Program (PNP). This program supports the 2SLGBTQ+ community in reducing harms associated with sexualized substance use.

*The spelling of Kimwewehtew is missing character accents. We were unable to confirm proper spelling with an elder or knowledge keeper prior to posting this episode.

Links:
Follow Jeff Chalifoux on twitter.
Learn more about Edmonton Men’s Health Collective (EMHC) and their Peer N Peer Substance Use Program.
Visit the Edmonton 2 Spirit Society.
Hear more of Jeff’s experience with substance use with this video by the Edmonton Journal.
Check out the Community-Based Research Centre (CBRC).
See the CBRC Sex Now Survey and Reports.
Watch The Danger of a Single Story talk by Chimamanda Ngozi Adichie.

Definitions of Two-Spirit (just a few examples):
https://lgbtqhealth.ca/community/two-spirit.php
https://www.thecanadianencyclopedia.ca/en/article/two-spirit 
http://www.phsa.ca/transcarebc/trans-basics/two-spirit 

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Episode 87 – Trailheads: a history of urban planning in Edmonton – Part 6

On this episode, Julian Faid presents the final installment of Trailheads: A History of Urban Planning in Edmonton.

We’ve covered a lot of ground in this series. We’ve looked at the pre-fort and post fort history Edmonton. How WWII influenced urban design decisions. How the personal vehicle has guided the way we prioritize our streets. How public transit shapes our city. And the challenges that come with designing an urban environment in an place that faces some of the longest winters in the world.

In the sixth part of this special series, Julian is joined by Andrew Knack, City Councillor for Ward 1, and Kalen Anderson the former director of the City Plan of Edmonton. Together they will look at the City of Edmonton’s New City Plan, which was approved by city council in December 2020.

Now that we know the history of how we got the city we have today, it’s time to look to the future. What is the city planning to do to address the issues we’ve raised in Trailheads? What might Edmonton look like in the next 50-100 years?

We hope you enjoy!

Links:
Read the full city plan and resources.
Check out this interactive plan overview.
Meet guest producer, Julian Faid.
Connect with Andrew Knack and Kalen Anderson.

ECF Happenings:
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ECF Grants:
Young Edmonton Grants – Due February 15th
ECF Community Grants – Due March 1st.
Belcourt Brosseau Métis Awards – Due March 31st.
Winspear Fund Scholarships for Advanced Classical Music – Due March 31st.
Ranals & Vera Shean Memorial Scholarships – Due March 31st.
See all of our Student Awards.

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

The music featured in the Trailheads special series is called Cut and Run by Kevin MacLeod.
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3576-cut-and-run

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/

Episode 86 – Trailheads: a history of urban planning in Edmonton – Part 5

In part 5 of Trailheads, Julian Faid explores the challenges of urban design in a winter city.

In the first half of the episode we’ll hear from Jill Robertson, a landscape architect and a principal at Dialog’s Edmonton urban design studio. Robertson will help us understand urban design though the lens of accessibility, which is a major issue in a city like Edmonton where winter is an ever-looming challenge.

In the second half of the episode, Julian is joined by Dr. Robin Mazumder, an environmental neuroscientist who studies the psychological impacts of urban design.  Dr. Mazumder will discuss how design choices, particularly in extreme climates, impact our mental health.

We hope you enjoy.

Links:
Meet guest producer, Julian Faid.
Learn more about Robin Mazumder’s research and read his thesis.
Find out more about Jill Robertson.

ECF Happenings:
See our Rapid Response Fund in action!
Create your own fund to support the causes you care about.
Read latest on our blog.
Check out our ECF Fund listing and Strategic Granting Guide
Create your own fund
See more ways ECF connects you with Edmonton’s community

ECF Grants:
Young Edmonton Grants – Due February 15th 
Look ahead to next year’s Student Awards.

The Well Endowed Podcast is produced by Edmonton Community Foundation. And is a proud, affiliate member of the Alberta Podcast Network.

The music featured in the Trailheads special series is called Cut and Run by Kevin MacLeod.
Link: https://incompetech.filmmusic.io/song/3576-cut-and-run

License: http://creativecommons.org/licenses/by/4.0/