Council News In Brief - SPC on Community and Protective Services, December 6, 2017
Indigenous Policy And Framework Engagement With Métis Nation Of
Alberta Region 3
The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to work with Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 to develop a Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3 Policy Implementation Guide that is reflective of their culture and history no later than the end of Q4 2018. The Committee further directed Administration to set up an Official signing and formal acknowledgement of the Council approved Indigenous Policy to include the Metis Nation of Alberta- Region 3, Treaty 7, City Council and the City of Calgary.
Historic and culturally informed Implementation Guides for the Indigenous Policy is an effective mechanism for Métis Nation of Alberta Region 3, to be known as a constitutionally recognized Indigenous people with a distinct culture and history. Offering Nations an opportunity to co-create culturally-informed Implementation Guides allows for the Corporation’s practices in voluntary engagement to be both inclusive and respectful of the uniqueness of Indigenous communities.
Livery Transport Advisory Committee Governance Review
The Committee recommended that Council receive this report and attachments for information and disband the Livery Transport Advisory Committee, effective 2018 January 01. The Committee further recommended Council direct Administration to adopt the Guiding Principles in Attachment 2.
Given the accelerated evolution of the livery industry in Calgary and the efficiencies gained from advanced technology, Administration has worked with Hara Associates to review the governance model and Terms of Reference for the Livery Transport Advisory Committee (LTAC).
The Committee recommended that Council direct Administration to maintain recognition as an age-friendly city with the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Alberta by refining key performance indicators that are currently in development. The Committee further recommended Council direct Administration to bring forward for consideration an indicator reporting plan and any resource requirements in the context of the One Calgary 2019-2022 service plans and budget.
In 2016 November, Council directed Administration to identify key performance indicators relating to The City’s contributions to the community-wide Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy. These key performance indicators can be used to clarify the municipal role within the Seniors Age-Friendly Strategy and to track The City’s progress towards supporting social inclusion and wellbeing for Calgarians as they age. The key performance indicators can also provide the basis for an updated action plan that is required in order to maintain recognition as an age-friendly city by the World Health Organization, the Public Health Agency of Canada and the Government of Alberta.
The Committee recommended that Council approve the recommended FCSS allocations of $8 million for 2018, $3.7 million for 2019 and $1.2 million in 2020. The Committee further recommended Council authorize Administration to access up to $750,000 from the FCSS Stabilization Reserve in 2018 for the purpose of funding capacity-building initiatives and responding to emerging social issues.
FCSS is one of the funding streams administered by Calgary Neighbourhoods, as part of a continuum of prevention investments in social programs. It has been in operation for over 50 years and has a solid track record of preventing a myriad of social problems before they escalate requiring more costly intervention programs such as policing and justice. The programs recommended for FCSS funding have been assessed through rigorous measures of efficiency and effectiveness. Council’s approval of funding for these programs will ensure Calgarians have access to essential preventive social support.
Access to the FCSS Stabilization Reserve Fund for the purpose of one-time investments will enable non-profit organizations to increase their capacity in delivering prevention programs and in responding to emerging social issues. A network of strong and responsive non-profit organizations enables The City to extend its reach in the delivery of essential preventive social programs.
Update on the Cultural Plan for The City of Calgary
The Committee recommended that Council accept for information this Update on the Cultural Plan for Calgary. The Committee further recommended Council approve the proposed governance model including the establishment of a Cultural Leadership Council.
With the adoption of the city’s first Cultural Plan in November 2016, Calgary joined leading cities around the world in recognizing that culture is a central force in shaping more livable cities. The Plan identified 5 Strategic Priorities and articulated 50 actions that would enable them to be achieved over time. Over the past year external partners have worked with The City to move forward on the Ten Priority Actions that were identified to be undertaken at no-cost or low-cost from 2016-2018. Administration has also made progress on implementing ways to internally integrate planning culturally throughout all business units so that “cultural vitality” is understood as a key measure of a livable and sustainable city. Detailed outcome measures are being developed in alignment with corporate quality of life indicators. This report outlines the progress that has been made and recommends a governance model to support the continued implementation of the Cultural Plan.