Town of Canmore

Council Clips – June 15, 2021

Bow Valley Immigration Partnership

Council heard an update from the Bow Valley Immigration Partnership (BVIP), of which the Town Canmore is a founding member and supports the work being done. BVIP is a partnership of over 60 members including representatives from community groups, businesses, governments, agencies, and local community members. The vision of BVIP is to help create a Bow Valley that values diversity and supports the inclusion and integration of all residents. As a result of new pandemic-related needs and an increased awareness of the importance of anti-racism work, BVIP has adapted their strategy to include increased pandemic-related support and community-driven antiracism work. Read more here

2020 Canmore/Banff Rural Housing and Service Needs Estimation Report

The Town of Canmore is a member of the Bow Valley Homeless to Housing Coalition (H2HC), an inter-agency group working to create supports and services for individuals experiencing homelessness or housing insecurity. Council heard survey results from October 2020 indicating 59 individuals (52.7% of total respondents) were found to be experiencing either homelessness or housing insecurity. In total, the survey indicates that there are 145 individuals within the Bow Valley that are living in insecure housing. Of those, 45 reported that within the last month they have lived in a shelter, slept rough (no shelter), or couch surfed. Some common reasons given for finding themselves to be homeless or at-risk included lack of affordable accommodations, availability and cost of childcare, high cost of living, and low wages, and income. Read the report in item D2 of the council package

The Town of Canmore is located within Treaty 7 region of Southern Alberta. In the spirit of respect, reciprocity and truth, we honour and acknowledge the Canmore area, known as “Chuwapchipchiyan Kudi Bi” (translated in Stoney Nakoda as “shooting at the willows”) and the traditional Treaty 7 territory and oral practices of the Îyârhe Nakoda (Stoney Nakoda) – comprised of the Bearspaw First Nation, Chiniki First Nation, and Goodstoney First Nation – as well as the Tsuut’ina First Nation and the Blackfoot Confederacy comprised of the Siksika, Piikani, Kainai. We acknowledge that this territory is home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3, within the historical Northwest Métis homeland. We acknowledge all Nations who live, work, and play and help us steward this land and honour and celebrate this territory. We commit to working to live in right relations and to advance Truth and Reconciliation.

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