What is the Harmony Project?
The Harmony Project is a coming together of service providers in the Bow Valley to end sexual assault and sexual harassment. The key focus areas are prevention and awareness, training for service providers and community members, and support for survivors.
Who are the members of the Harmony Project?
The following local organizations/stakeholders have identified that they are committed to addressing this issue and have representation on the committee:
- YWCA Banff
- Bow Valley Addictions and Mental Health- Alberta Health Services
- Bow Valley Victims Services Association
- Bow Valley Primary Care Network
- Banff Mineral Springs Hospital
- Canmore General Hospital
- Canmore Young Adult Network
- Calgary Sexual Assault Response Team
- Family and Community Support Services, Canmore
- BanffLIFE – Family and Community Support Services, Banff
- Banff Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Canmore Royal Canadian Mounted Police
- Right From the Start – Canadian Rockies Public Schools
Vision of the Harmony Project
To create a Bow Valley specific, coordinated response plan to sexualized assault, which will include a prevention and awareness campaign, training for emergency responders and community partners, and will serve to streamline and improve services for victims of sexualized assault.
In 2015 the YWCA Banff successfully secured a grant from the Family and Community Safety Program to develop a community response plan for sexualized assault in the Bow Valley. In May of 2018 the Harmony Project was granted ongoing operational funding by the Government of Alberta with an expansion to include direct services for survivors. The project is supported by the Alberta Association of Sexual Assault Services (AASAS) and relies on a coordinated community effort, informed by a leadership committee made up of key stakeholders in the Bow Valley.
YWCA Banff, in partnership with the Harmony Project, is here to help survivors and their support people through emotional support and assistance navigating legal, medical and therapeutic services.
Got Consent Campaign
To raise awareness during Sexual Violence Awareness Month (SVAM) in Alberta, Harmony Project has released its new, 2019 Got Consent campaign poster. Keep an eye out for this impactful message that will be popping up throughout the Bow Valley.
Help us stop sexualized assault and harassment in our communities by sharing this posters on social media (using #GotConsent), and by engaging in positive discussions surrounding consent with your peers. If you’re interested in helping us raise awareness by displaying posters in your neighbourhood or place of work, download PDF versions by clicking the thumbnail below. Feel free to post them up as you please to support the Harmony Project’s collaborative approach to creating a culture of consent and ending sexual assault and harassment in the Bow Valley.
Let The Truth Talk Campaign
The #LetTheTruthTalk campaign is a response to the harmful false truths about sexual violence that are often shared across social media platforms. These myths prevent victims from speaking out, seeking help and holding perpetrators responsible for the assault. Getting the facts and dismantling those myths are an important step in ending sexual violence, and finding ways to best support survivors of sexual assault and abuse.
We have created a Social Media Kit that you can download here and share across your own social media platforms.