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Fostering a stronger sense of belonging in Edmonton’s West Side

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Looking to the future:
Your Input Needed

 

As we near the completion of the current phase of the We Belong in Jasper Place initiative, funded by the City of Edmonton, we are planning for the future. We are committed to concluding this phase by May 2025, and we need your input to shape the next steps. We have drafted two potential scenarios for using the remaining funds, but we want to hear from you—our community. Explore these options here. 

 

This initiative continues to be entirely community-driven, meaning your ideas and feedback are crucial. Please review the proposed scenarios and share your thoughts through our short survey. Together we can make Jasper Place a place where everyone truly belongs.

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Together let's work towards a community where all belong

 

We believe that our west central Edmonton community knows how to strengthen belonging for everyone in the area. That’s why we’ve provided one-time funding opportunities of up $5,000 to community members to deliver pilot projects that foster a stronger sense of belonging in the Jasper Place area.

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Let's talk about belonging: Your thoughts on our Jasper Place community

 

Belonging is more than just a word. It's about feeling like you're part of something, having your own identity, and knowing you're supported by a community. We are using the term “belonging” to describe a sense of community connection. We believe that when people feel they belong, their sense of commitment to the community increases. 

 

What does belonging mean to you?

Use the hashtag #webelonginjasperplace and share your ideas on Instagram, Threads or Facebook.

Stay connected

 

Keep checking this page for up-to-date information about upcoming events and opportunities to get involved! We also encourage you to subscribe to our e-newsletter and follow us on Facebook and Instagram for more project news and updates. We’re excited to share the different ideas we collect and support as this project grows!

How might we - as a wider community - foster a stronger sense of belonging within west-central Edmonton for everyone who lives, works and plays in the area?

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Read what we've heard from the community!

 

We’ve been talking to lots of people about what belonging looks and feels like to them–and how we can make west central Edmonton more welcoming and connected for everyone. Flip through our engagement summaries to learn more about what we’ve been doing since we started this initiative, and what we've heard from the community.

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Our hope is that we will build capacity for people in the area to come together, support one another, and contribute to a healthy, connected and resilient west-central Edmonton. 

 

Together let’s work towards a Jasper Place where everyone can thrive.

Our Goals

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COMMUNITY BELONGING

Community members have an increased sense of belonging as they relate to the area and each other

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COMMUNITY VISION

Community members develop a vision of what it means when all community members feel like they belong

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COMMUNITY STRENGTH

The community has an understanding of local strengths and assets that support a sense of belonging for all

Our Principles

 

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We celebrate what already exists in the community and what works

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All of our actions champion equity, diversity and inclusion

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We embrace and encourage creativity

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We prioritize building relationships and trust

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Everything we do works towards our goals of strengthening belonging

How did this all start?

 

Since early 2023, we've been talking with community members about how to make west-central Edmonton more welcoming and connected. We heard that having a sense of belonging to our neighbourhood is an important part of connected communities. 

 

When you feel a sense of belonging, you are more likely to care about our shared public spaces and have increased capacity to contribute at a community level. When you feel that you belong, your sense of access and community safety is enhanced.

 

This initiative uses belonging as the lens to look at how we can improve our community (whether in our shared spaces or how we gather). The concept of belonging brings with it many opportunities like community inclusivity, advocacy, community connectivity and strengthened relationships between neighbours.

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Stay Updated

 

Sign up to our newsletter and stay updated to project updates! We’re excited to share the different ideas we collect and support as this project grows!

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Questions?

We’d love to hear them! Please email either Lindsay at lindsay@tiliaconsulting.ca or Todd at director@stonyplainroad.com

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