Stride Advocacy

The Stride Advocacy Project works to strengthen community based advocacy that relates and navigates systems and institutions while creating “access without fear” spaces for marginalized and low income Albertans.

In 2018 and 2019, we will be training and building a network of community advocates in Lethbridge, Edmonton, Calgary and St. Paul.  These advocates will support grassroots agencies as allies as well as provide important support in the community by supporting self advocacy and education. They will be engaged in the delivery of community clinics that aim to create a safe space for people to be heard and supported.

In 2019, we will be working to facilitate a provincial gathering of Stride Advocates to network and build our capacity for strengthened collective action.


“This initiative is important because it is easier to give people the tools to advocate for themselves rather than do the work for them every day. We seek to create a safe space where people can understand what supports they are entitled to, how to access them, and what to do in case they can not access.” Habiba Abdulle



For more information on how to become a Stride Advocate and the role and expectations, please visit our blogs:


Advocacy tip sheets will be developed from every workshop that will lay the foundations for future education work and will be made available for the community.

Alberta Supports (TIP SHEET) (Arabic Translation)

Health and Mental Health (TIP SHEET)

Hate and Community Safety (TIP SHEET)

Child Welfare (TIP SHEET) (Arabic Translation)

Sexual Exploitation & Human Trafficking (TIP SHEET)

Victims' Rights (TIP SHEET)

How to be a good listener (TIP SHEET)



  • Alberta Somali Community Centre

  • Blood Tribe

  • Apiistamiiks White Buffalo Trail Blazers

  • Alberta Hate Crimes Committee

  • Somali Canadian Society of Calgary

  • Mannawannis Friendship Centre

Supported by:

  • Edmonton Community Foundation (2018-2020)

  • Government of Alberta, Anti-Racism Grant (2018-2019)

  • Government of Alberta, Status of Women (2018-2019)

  • City of Edmonton, Emerging Immigrant and Refugee Community (EIRC) Grant Program (2017-2018)