The Alberta Men's Survey: A Conversation with Men about Well-being and Healthy Relationships

Suggested citation:
Lorenzetti, L., Lantion, V., Murwisi, P., Hoyt, M., Oliphant, F., Sadhwani, H., Oshchepkova, T., & Este, D. (2016). The Alberta Men’s Survey: A conversation with men about healthy relationships. Alberta Men’s Network, Calgary, Alberta.

Alberta Men’s Survey [AMS] was one of the milestones in a shared journey of Albertans from various backgrounds, nations and experiences; a journey towards healthy relationships free of gender based violence. The AMS was never meant to be a one-off academic exercise. This collective voyage began when a group of men and women1 allies realized that answers to everincreasing violence against women had to be found within the dominant beliefs, cultural practices and ideologies that inform and influence men themselves. The daily practices of masculinity, gender norms (rigid gender identity) and other forms of isolating or oppressive realities were considered. In addition, men’s often unacknowledged quest for well-being and personal healing emerged as having a central role in preventing violence in the next generations. In that spirit, the journey of this group, now identifying as Alberta Men’s Network [AMN], was inward looking as a first step toward becoming transformational.

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The research project was made possible by the collective effort of the Alberta Men’s Survey Leadership Team composed of representatives from Alberta Father Involvement Initiative, Alberta Human Rights Commission, Association of Alberta Sexual Assault Services, Calgary Immigrant Women’s Association (CIWA), Calgary Sexual Health Centre, City of Edmonton, Community Members, Edmonton/Evergreen Family Violence Committee, Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary (ECCC), MEN Edmonton (ME), Men’s Action Network Calgary (MANC), Norwood Family Center, REACH, The Calgary Foundation, United Way of Calgary and Area, and University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work, in collaboration with various community organizations and other service providers in Alberta. The project also received tremendous support from many individuals and organizations that contributed in different capacities at various phases of the initiative.

Project Funders / Supporters: Alberta Human Rights Commission, City of Edmonton, Alberta Father Involvement Initiative (AFII), Ethno-Cultural Council of Calgary, The Calgary Foundation, United Way of Calgary and Area, and University of Calgary, Faculty of Social Work.