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Pathways to Healing: SAGE

March 24, 2019 | Blog, SAGE

Written by: Selwynne Hawkins The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary’s SAGE Emotional Wellness and Employment Readiness program assists women on their journey to personal success. The program is built on Indigenous cultural values that provide support and healing; interactive and experiential learning provide participants with reconnection to their culture. The format of the program includes daily talking circles and ceremony that direct the processes of learning, and women are given ongoing opportunities to engage in various ceremonies and cultural activities. Elders, Knowledge Keepers, and Cultural Resource Persons support building cultural and traditional knowledge. Each week, participants spend 23 hours with Read More →

Indigenous Learning: Smudging Ceremonies

March 22, 2019 | News

Written by: Natalie Jovanic As a non-Indigenous person, I was wondering about smudging and what the Indigenous teachings were on this practice. Since Indigenous cultures are very diverse, the teachings vary between each culture. For this article, Barbara, the Indigenous Program Coordinator at the Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary shared her story about smudging based on her teachings. Respect the teachings These days, we tend to hurry and be always busy. With smudging, it is important to take the opposite approach: assume an attitude of not-knowing, and do not rush. Take time intentionally and listen. Barbara explained that it is Read More →

Blackfoot Language Class 2019

March 7, 2019 | Classes, News

The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary offers Indigenous Language Classes in partnership with Pathways Community Services. Efry Calgary will be holding 12 weeks of conversational Blackfoot Language Classes every Wednesday. Women of all Nations and their partners are encouraged to join these free sessions. Learn the language, the Stories, and the History of the Blackfoot Territories. Please note, These classes are not For Professionals. Date: Starting Wed. Mar. 27, 2019 Location: 1731 – 10AVE SW (efry office) Time: 6PM – 8PM To Register: Call – 403.294.0737 Or Email –

Meet the Pugal family

February 26, 2019 | Immigrant Legal Advocate Program, News

Rowell, his wife Gem, and their children Jet and Jewel. They love the Calgary Zoo and Tuesday movie nights. They’re also big fans of good food—including local staple Big T’s BBQ. In October 2011, Rowell moved from the Philippines to Canada in search of a better life for his family. He found work in Rimbey, Alberta, but was not able to apply for his permanent resident card, as he was classified as a low-skill worker. A couple years later, Rowell got a new job: Food Service Supervisor. After a year working in the new, skilled position, Rowell was eligible to Read More →

Donate Your Car and Help The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary

January 22, 2019 | News

Donate a Car Canada now accepts Vehicle Donations for The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary.  Free towing is provided in most areas across Canada, or you can drop off your vehicle to maximize your donation. When you donate your car, truck, RV, boat, or motorcycle to The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary through Donate A Car Canada, it will either be recycled or sold at auction (depending on its condition, age and location). Donate a Car Canada will look after all the details to make it easy for The Elizabeth Fry Society of Calgary to benefit. After your vehicle donation is complete, our charity will send you Read More →

Breaking Barriers to Housing – A Basic Human Right

June 30, 2018 | Blog, News

Breaking Barriers to Housing – A Basic Human Right

Homelessness, crime and addiction are closely related. In fact, homlessness increases the risk of incarceration due to addictions or survival related crimes by four to six times compared to the general population. Women can be especially vulnerable to homelessness and criminalization. Poverty, violence, abuse and lack of access to appropriate, sustainable housing are particularly debilitating issues. Incarceration is one of the major pathways to homelessness for women. Access to secure housing options after incarceration is an essential factor in breaking this barrier and building a bridge to a better future. Housing is a basic human right, regardless of personal circumstances. EFry works collaboratively to ensure women Read More →