What We Do
Our non-profit exists to strengthen the bonds between all treaty people (every person living on numbered treaty territories are treaty people). Within our organization, we have four pillars that we operate through to accomplish our goals of reconciliation between Indigenous and Non-Indigenous communities and the current and future generations of Indigenous people. These pillars are arts and culture, education, collaborations, and gardening projects.
Arts and Culture
On June 17th, 2018 our organization held its first annual festival “A Long Time Coming” (ALTC) at Olympic Plaza. At its core, ALTC utilizes collaboration based on intersectionality, as the festival emphasizes reconciliation through teaming up with multiple local Indigenous groups to embrace diversity.
Olympic Plaza is in the heart of Calgary’s downtown metropolitan, and seeing the plethora of volunteers and attendees demonstrated that this location is essential. ALTC began with an opening ceremony by Indigenous representatives of Southern Alberta and Metis Region 3. The festival held various vendors, speakers, and entertainment, ending with a powerful drum circle in the rain.
GENi partners with educational institutions across Calgary in order to create opportunities for indigenous youth to dream about, pursue, and attain any career path they may desire. This pillar aims to provide information and support to these youth, and aid them in reaching their professional goals.
GENi was originally founded as The Aboriginal Community Garden (ACG), a volunteer-based organization that focusses primarily on the education of Indigenous and Non-Indigenous peoples in terms of methods of gardening that include use of tools, harvesting vegetables, and maintenance of land ACG was also created to recognize Indigenous women and children dealing with trauma. However, since the creation of GENi, The Aboriginal Community Garden aGENi’s gardening projects thrive on the strength of the community and symbolizes the growth of our organization as these projects continue to flourish; this initiative is a physical representation of GENi’s diverse membership and hard-earned position.