December 17, 2020 | Inclusive society

A message from Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism and Status of Women Leela Aheer on taking action to end racism in Alberta.

Accomplishments

Photo of Minister Aheer at a Diwali celebration

Connected with thousands of Albertans from diverse cultural groups through in-person and virtual celebrations for important religious and cultural events.

Erica Wiebe posing with group as Ambassador for Sport and Active Living.

Appointed Erica Wiebe as Alberta’s first Ambassador for Sport and Active Living to promote the value and importance of sport and physical activity to Albertans.

Opened the new Learning Lounge at the Royal Tyrrell Museum of Palaeontology, which offers visitors enriched experiences and services.

Introduced the Breaking Barriers category in the Stars of Alberta Volunteer Awards to recognize volunteers who are working to create communities that are diverse and inclusive.

Raised approximately $7 million for designated COVID-19 fundraising campaigns by matching Albertans’ donations through the Charitable Donation Matching Program.

Launched the Alberta Made Production Grant to help develop Alberta’s film industry by supporting entry-level productions and emerging talent.

Key information

  • Funding community-building projects
    • The Community Initiatives Program provides funding to support initiatives that enhance and enrich communities throughout Alberta.
    • Find all funding opportunities for projects in the areas of arts, culture, community, heritage, recreation, sport, and diversity and inclusion.
  • Supporting Alberta’s Francophonie
    • The French Policy Action Plan identifies steps the Government of Alberta is taking to enhance services in French.
    • The Alberta Advisory Council on the Francophonie advises on the implementation and evaluation of the French Policy. The council also ensures that the diversity of the Albertan French-speaking community is represented in decision-making.
    • Parliamentary Secretary for the Francophonie Laila Goodridge connects government and the Francophone community.
  • Reducing gender discrimination

In focus

Helping women pursue careers in STEM

The new Women in STEM Award Program is one of many ways Alberta’s government is helping address gender disparity in the workplace and reduce the wage gap.

Discover Alberta’s Heritage

Experience Alberta's history at the many provincially-owned historic sites, interpretive centres and museums.

Support RAM and local makers this holiday season

Find unique gifts for everyone on your list with the Royal Alberta Museum's online shop from the comfort of home.

Supporting recovery for faith-based and cultural facilities

The Faith-based and Cultural Facility Relaunch Grant ensures faith-based and cultural facilities can continue to provide cultural, social and spiritual services in their communities.

Biography

Minister Aheer was first elected as the Member of the Legislative Assembly of Alberta for the constituency of Chestermere-Rocky View on May 5, 2015. She was re-elected on April 16, 2019, as the MLA for the newly formed riding of Chestermere-Strathmore.

Born in Edmonton and raised in Chestermere, where she is raising her family, Aheer is a proud wife and mother of two boys. Prior to entering politics, Aheer was a professional vocal coach and music teacher, owned and operated businesses as an entrepreneur, and was heavily involved in the arts, volunteerism and community service.

Leela Sharon Aheer was appointed as Alberta’s Minister of Culture, Multiculturalism & Status of Women on April 30, 2019. She is also Minister responsible for the Francophone Secretariat. Previously serving as the Opposition Critic for Children’s Services and Status of Women, Aheer brings her experience as a legislator to her new portfolio. A key priority of the new government is to provide more protections for women, through initiatives like Clare’s Law. Aheer will continue to work hard to build an Alberta that regardless of who you are, who you love, where you come from, or to whom you pray – is for generations to come, strong and free.