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Truth & Reconciliation Day

Truth & Reconciliation Day

Date: Friday Sep 30, 2022
Location: Canada

This September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is held to honor residential school survivors and their families, and to recognize progress in the reconciliation of indigenous people and Canadian society.

For more information:

Remembrance events are scheduled across Canada, to find one in your area, visit Culture Days.ca

Orange Shirt Day

Orange Shirt Day

Date: Friday Sep 30, 2022
Location: Canada

Orange Shirt Day is held in conjunction with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and is an indigenous-led grassroots event intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to remember that every child matters.

(Source: About Orange Shirt Day)

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. September 30 was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

If you’d like to learn more about Orange Shirt Day, there is no better resource than Phyllis Webstad herself. In the videos linked below, Phyllis speaks about the origin of Orange Shirt Day and her experiences attending a residential school.

Yellowhead Institute: A Calls to Action Conversation on Truth & Reconciliation

Date: Thursday Sep 29, 2022
Location: Online

What does National Truth and Reconciliation Day mean when so many of the impactful Calls to Action remain incomplete?

ON THE EVE of Canada’s second National Day for Truth and Reconciliation, the Yellowhead Institute is hosting an important conversation on the Calls to Action.

An esteemed panel of Indigenous leaders - Cindy Blackstock, Kisha Supernant, Sheila Cote-Meek, Ginger Gosnell-Meyers, Kunuk Inutiq, Janet Smylie, and Scott Franks - will discuss the importance of the ‘Legacy’ Calls to Action (1-42), the injustice of their incompletion, and the barriers to their completion. The discussion will be hosted by Dr. Eva Jewell and Dr. Ian Mosby, who lead the research for Yellowhead’s annual Calls To Action Accountability: A Status Update on Reconciliation analysis.

With this event, we hope to create an open and honest space to illuminate the reality of Indigenous experience in this country, as well as reflect on the nature of the September 30 holiday, when so many of the impactful Calls to Action remain incomplete.

Closed Captioning and ASL interpretation will be provided. Please note that this event will be live on September 29th; the event recording will be available for public view on the Yellowhead Institute YouTube page on September 30, 2022 for one day only.

Register: https://www.eventbrite.ca/e/a-calls-to-action-conversation-on-truth-and-reconciliation-tickets-406308388327

Alberta Recreation and Parks Association – Grandmothers’ Circle: Protocol 101

Date: Wednesday Sep 28, 2022
Time: 1-2pm (MT)
Location: Online

Join ARPA for the Grandmothers’ Circle: Protocol 101 (everything you’ve wondered + more) on September 28th from 12:00pm to 1:00pm! This session is free to attend and is the feature event of ARPA’s efforts to celebrate and honour National Day for Truth & Reconciliation.

At ARPA we often get questions related to Elders and the proper use of protocols. Seeing that September is about reconciliation, we felt this would be the perfect time to ask the Elders your most need-to-know questions.

Questions will be gathered from our participants beforehand and the entire Circle will be dedicated to answering them. You can submit your questions to jnaclia@arpaonline.ca

Register at https://conta.cc/3RtMGme

CPHR-Alberta Annual Conference

CPHR-Alberta Annual Conference

Date: Tuesday Sep 27, 2022
Location: Calgary

Over the past two years, we have had the opportunity to adapt and learn in new ways. Engage 22 will be one central event with two different yet, connected experiences. CPHR Alberta will host our first hybrid style annual conference bringing members together in-person and virtual. 

This year’s focus will be on current challenges faced by HR professionals amidst the new normal. Your HR strategy plays a crucial role in keeping your employees informed, engaged and ready for the future of work. 

Join us on September 27th to connect with your peers and gain the knowledge, tools, and experience you need to boost your organization’s effectiveness and bring more resilience & engagement to the workplace.

For more information, visit Engage 2022.

MMF S3 02: Incorporating DEI in your Renewed Culture

MMF S3 02: Incorporating DEI in your Renewed Culture

Date: Tuesday Sep 27, 2022
Time: 10 am (MT)
Location: Online

The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) is hosting season 3 of our free webinar series to support mental fitness for organizations and individuals in an endemic world. AMHSA is partnering with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Alberta Municipalities and Howatt HR Consulting to produce this educational series.

Episode 2: Incorporating DEI in your Renewed Culture, presented by Nicole Stibbe, Soulwork Alliance

Register now!

2022 Alberta Municipalities Convention & Trade Show

Date: Wednesday Sep 21, 2022 - Friday Sep 23, 2022
Location: Calgary TELUS Convention Centre

Save the date!
 
The Alberta Municipalities annual Convention and Trade Show will take place in Calgary at the Calgary TELUS Convention Centre, September 21-23, 2022.
 
For more information, visit abmunis.ca.

Joint NASC/SASC Meeting

Date: Tuesday Sep 20, 2022
Time: 10:00 am - 3:00 pm
Location: virtual

Mark your calendars for the upcoming Joint meeting of the Northern Alberta Safety Council (NASC) and Southern Alberta Safety Council (SASC), on Tuesday, September 20, 2022!

This virtual meeting starts at 10:00 am (join us for coffee at 9:45!), will end by 3:00 pm, and will include updates from WCB, Partnerships, and AMHSA; as well as the ever-popular members’ roundtable discussion.

Further details regarding special guest speakers and official invitations will be sent by email soon. If you have suggestions for guest speakers or would like to present a Health and Safety moment, please let me know (email shannon@amhsa.net).

Maintaining Mental Fitness

Date: Tuesday Sep 20, 2022 - Tuesday Dec 06, 2022
Time: 10 am (MST)
Location: Online

Season 3 Starts September 20!

The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) will again host a free webinar series to support metal fitness for organizations and individuals in an endemic world. AMHSA is partnering with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Alberta Municipalities and Howatt HR Consulting to produce the educational series. 

Social and political events have shaped and redefined many workplace cultures during the COVID-19 pandemic. As people experience the collision of differing perspectives, behaviours and states of mental health that have emerged over the past two years, organizations are challenged to adjust to new realities. 

Season 3 will feature discussions examining the key strategies and behaviours that leaders, employees, and workers can practice to maintain mental fitness during the transition from a pandemic to an endemic work environment. 

Webinars are presented and moderated by mental health subject matter experts from across Canada. Topics include how to manage stress by proactively tackling issues, being prepared to deliver bad news, communicating decisions with empathy, and modeling behaviours that will help everyone move forward towards a shared purpose. 

Commencing September 20th, MMF Season 3 will delve into three separate and relevant operational topics. Each plenary topic will feature three individual webinars, provide an overview of a key micro-skill to support workplace mental health, and will conclude with a Q & A for participants to ask questions. 

Registration is free and open to all individuals and organizations, public and private, that are seeking practical ways to maintain mental health and wellbeing during a time when traditional workplace norms are being redefined. 

More information, including a link to sign up, is available at: 

https://maintainingmentalfitness.com/ 

MMF S3 01: Creating Space for Discomfort

MMF S3 01: Creating Space for Discomfort

Date: Tuesday Sep 20, 2022
Time: 10 am (MT)
Location: Online

The Alberta Municipal Health and Safety Association (AMHSA) is hosting season 3 of our free webinar series to support mental fitness for organizations and individuals in an endemic world. AMHSA is partnering with the Canadian Society of Safety Engineering (CSSE), Alberta Municipalities and Howatt HR Consulting to produce this educational series.

Episode 1: Creating Space for Discomfort, presented by Jesse Adams of Howatt HR.

Register now!

MSI Prevention: Same-Same but Different

Date: Thursday Sep 15, 2022
Time: 2:00 pm to 3:30 pm
Location: Zoom

Same-Same but Different is a case study on the position of Heavy Equipment Technician as evaluated from 6 different shops. The presentation compares both similarities and differences of 6 facilities that all have the title of Heavy Equipment Technician. Comparisons are made that show how variability in tools, environment, workplace practices, physical and cognitive requirements can all have an important impact on how work is set up and completed. A methodology is provided to ensure best practices in evaluating a position so that the results meet the needs of an individual and organization at a specific location. We briefly discuss how this methodology can be applied to any position within or between organizations.

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Mental Health Issues, Rehabilitation and Return to Work

Date: Thursday Sep 15, 2022
Time: 9:00 am - 3:30 pm (MST)
Location: Online

A brief overview of mental health issues in the workplace is provided along with a more in-depth focus on stress and depression. Participants will explore symptoms, treatments and disability aspects of stress and depression and strategies for assisting individuals with stress- and depression-related illnesses to return to work. Disabilities that may have a mental health component and the biopsychosocial impact of disabilities will be considered.

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In partnership with Pacific Coast University for Workplace Health Sciences, AMHSA is offering several learning events related to disability management and successful return to work. These learning events apply towards the Disability Management Practitioner certificate program offered by PCU.

Each course has been endorsed by the Canadian Society of Professionals in Disability Management (CSPDM) for continuing education credit (CEC) hours for the professional designations of:

For more information or to register, contact Jessica (jessica@amhsa.net).

Upcoming News & Events

Truth & Reconciliation Day

Date: September 30, 2022
Location: Canada

This September 30 is the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This day is held to honor residential school survivors and their families, and to recognize progress in the reconciliation of indigenous people and Canadian society.

For more information:

Remembrance events are scheduled across Canada, to find one in your area, visit Culture Days.ca

Orange Shirt Day

Date: September 30, 2022
Location: Canada

Orange Shirt Day is held in conjunction with the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation and is an indigenous-led grassroots event intended to raise awareness of the individual, family, and community inter-generational impacts of residential schools, and to remember that every child matters.

(Source: About Orange Shirt Day)

Orange Shirt Day is a legacy of the St. Joseph Mission (SJM) residential school commemoration event held in Williams Lake, BC, Canada, in May 2013. It grew out of Phyllis’ story of having her shiny new orange shirt taken away on her first day of school at the Mission, and it has become an opportunity to keep the discussion on all aspects of residential schools happening annually. September 30 was chosen because it is the time of year in which children were taken from their homes to residential schools.

If you’d like to learn more about Orange Shirt Day, there is no better resource than Phyllis Webstad herself. In the videos linked below, Phyllis speaks about the origin of Orange Shirt Day and her experiences attending a residential school.

Global Ergonomics Month

BCMSA & PWABC Joint Annual Conference & Trade Show

Date: October 04, 2022 - October 05, 2022
Location: Vancouver, BC

BCMSA and PWABC’s 4th joint annual conference is a three-day event of presentations and panels featuring over 30 presenters from across North America, attended by up to 500 municipal leaders and decision-makers in Public Works and Occupational Safety complemented by a dynamic trade show with over 100 exhibitors. The education program at the conference provides a dynamic forum for information exchange and it is divided into three streams: Public Works & Utilities, Occupational Health & Safety, and Leadership & Administration. 
 
The conference runs October 4-5, 2022 in Vancouver, BC. For more information, visit bcmsa.ca/what-we-do/conferences/.