Indigenous Advisory Committee to the Board

The Indigenous Advisory Committee is a special committee of the United Way of Calgary and Area Board that advises and supports United Way staff and management on bringing forward Indigenous worldviews, perspectives, knowledge, and practices for consideration and knowledge-building into United Way’s decision-making process. We are one of the first United Ways in Canada to form a committee specifically designed to guide our work in this area.

The Indigenous Advisory Committee:

Advises on the implementation of United Way’s Strategic Plan and ensures alignment with the organizational Indigenous strategy

Assists the organization to create and operate in ethical space, which brings Indigenous and Western worldviews together in a safe and respectful space, to learn and feel comfortable in working together, and to build protocols, and common purpose

The ultimate goal of the committee is to create strong relationships with Indigenous communities that are based on mutual respect and reciprocity.

Members of the committee include United Way staff, local Elders, Indigenous youth, and Indigenous representatives from government, education, and corporate Calgary. United Way’s Indigenous Protocol and Cultural Technician provides leadership and support to this committee.

Jesse VickeryIndigenous Advisory Committee to the Board