The Grande Prairie Aboriginal Circle of Services (GPACOS) is an informal information sharing network that is hosted by Community Social Services (CSS), Northwest Alberta. There are two elements to the interagency: the monthly meeting and the email network platform. Members are invited to attend meetings when they can and sign up to receive email correspondence that helps share program, event and referral information.
We try to keep the information relevant to our catchment area and can share out to the other Aboriginal Interagency email networks in High Level, High Prairie and Peace River when regional initiatives come up.
Our current Co-Chairs are Shannon Dunfield & Kelly Benning.
GPACOS meets once per month, from September through June on the fourth Tuesday and are open for anyone to take part; membership is inclusive, flexible and diverse. It is not require that everyone attends every meeting. Below is a listing of the meetings that will be held during the upcoming year. All meetings are held at the Grande Prairie Museum at 10329-101 Avenue from 10 am - noon, unless otherwise determined.
GPACOS promotes a collaborative and holistic approach while engaging in solutions-based dialogue that embraces culture and history, and strives to enhance individual and community work towards the best possible outcomes for Aboriginal children, families and communities. Our informal format provides an open avenue for agency representatives, community members to network with one another and share ideas, resources and programming information. On occasion other subcommittees may be formed if need arises. Attendance is open to anyone and we do not require that everyone attends every meeting.
GPACOS Land Acknowledgement Resource
We have prepared two land acknowledgements to encompass the region in which we live and work.
The first is intended for more formal settings, bigger groups, or longer meetings. For example, the formal acknowledgement may be suitable for opening a conference, event or assembly.
The second one is intended for more casual occasions or after someone has already made the formal acknowledgement. For example, when one is the third speaker at an event, at the beginning of an informal meeting, or during morning announcements.