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"Sunrise – Calgary Aboriginal Initiative”
sponsored by First Calgary Financial

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Click here to view the Global TV story on the inner city gardening project.

May 26, 2012 was the kick off and garden planting event at the Parks Foundation of Calgary main site. The M & M Meat Shops truck attended with their huge barbeque to feed all the energetic gardeners.

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Participants Come Together to Create a Medicine Wheel
at Parks Foundation Calgary

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The constructing of a Medicine Wheel: As an adjunct to the program, “Honouring the Girls Stories”, Stardale Women’s Group partnered with the Parks Foundation Calgary to teach the girls gardening techniques. One facet of the project was to build a Medicine Wheel. This was not the first time a group of females from Stardale built a Medicine Wheel. Indeed this project is most appropriate as it fits with who we are. That is the Stardale Model for the enlightenment of females is a multi–disciplinary approach to community development, culture, education, healing, social inclusion, prior learning, and social justice. The Stardale Model encompasses a series of self-development tools, which provide females an opportunity and skills to empower themselves, while on a journey leading to an enhanced quality of life.  This Model offers a holistic approach working within the context of the Aboriginal “Medicine Wheel”, focusing on the unification of mind, body, spirit.

There are 4 dimensions of “True Learning”. A person learns in a whole and balanced manner when the mental, spiritual, physical and emotional dimensions are involved in the process. People must actively participate in the development of their own potential. The extricate connection between Mother Nature relationship with her and the mental health of each person can be divine. We can be healthier, happier people. By leaving our burdens with the plants, the soil and out of doors; we balance and find a construction of order without losing ourselves in the plans or pursuits of others.

The Medicine Wheel inspires personal growth. It leads the way for self –development while providing the environment conducive for finding what is valuable in our lives. Thus it is the divine connection to Mother Nature. For the girls involved with this project, our hope is that each girl will share in the experience of creation and beauty.

Click here to view the PDF version of "Participants come together to create a medicine wheel at Parks Foundation Calgary" article taken from Parks Foundation Calgary's Summer 2011 Parks Foundation newsletter.

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Honouring the Girls' Stories series

Girls are being sold a sexualized message at earlier ages than ever. They are treated more and more as consumers. The exposure through various media -- television, music, video games, the Internet et al -- brands them with warped views about sex and sexuality, which in turn can stunt their emotional, sexual and social well-being.

To counteract this phenomena and to hopefully bring about a balance for the Aboriginal girls we serve, Stardale developed a preventative intervention program for a target group ages 11- 17 years.

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Stardale Women’s Group ‘Honouring the Girls’ Stories series:
Building confidence in Self through modelling

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The Stardale Model for programming follows a two-pronged approach to meeting the needs of participants – building mentoring relationships and nurturing artistic expression. The culturally-sensitive girl-focused content of the program is delivered in a weekly afterschool programming format engaging girls aged 11-17 in the areas of health and wellness, conflict resolution, boundaries, communication, healthy relationships, violence and abuse, and residential schools. The programming builds on the unique experience of fashion modelling as a tool for imparting skill sets in etiquette, poise, public speaking, personal hygiene, body awareness, and confidence while challenging the participants to discover a new lens for perceiving and engaging with fashion media. Modelling, as a dimension of performance art, opens group discussions to the depths of exploring beauty of self and of investigating the many ways of representing self to the world. Body awareness, personal calm, and coordination are further emphasized by guest instructors in yoga and dance. Community outings to culturally relevant events such as a Pow Wow and Round Dance, and well as popular culture events such as concerts, dinners, and gallery visits, acquaint the girls with the myriad personally-enriching activities available to them in the community. Additionally, journaling and scrapbooking will complement the self-explorations and group-explorations of themes that surface in sharing about life experiences.

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The program is also an opportunity for girls to learn from community educators about social supports and programs such by inviting guests to present to the group on topics such as sexual and reproductive health, addictions and substance abuse, post-secondary education, and bullying. Further support networks are emphasized by promoting peer support that enhances self–esteem and self–nurturing through the difficult teen years. From the safety of these networks the girls can, and will be encouraged build on healthy behaviours and relationships.

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Calgary Exhibition and Stampede 2010 at the Indian Village

It was a cool evening, but the girls, staff and volunteers were real troopers. We had to keep moving to stay warm.

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The Stardale Girls active in the community

RBC Royal bank

It was a hot, sunny and a fun afternoon, when the Stardale girls and staff volunteered with the RBC Royal Eagles to “give” back to the Calgary community. The Royal Eagles hosted their annual barbecue for kids in support of back packs for the Calgary Aboriginal kids. This proved to be an enlivened experience for the whole group.

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Stardale Girls attending the Famous Five Leadership Luncheon
at the Paliser Hotel 2010:

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Play sideshow

The girls from Stardale travelled into the countryside to spend a pleasant day at the Our Lady Queen of Peace Ranch near Bragg Creek, Alberta. Take a look at the wonderful slide show:



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