Core Values

  • Accessibility: All people deserve equitable access to public services regardless of race, creed, religion, sexual identity, gender, education level, wealth, and physical/mental ability.
  • Religious Separation: Freedom of religious expression and religious practice are paramount so long as they are of a law-abiding nature. The AAC does not endorse any particular religious practice, and does not participate in religious advocacy.
  • Racial Equality: The AAC recognizes that modern institutions were built with a Euro-centric mindset and often harbour sentiments of lingering white supremacy. We recognize that this affects everything from access to equal benefit of the law. We also recognized the unceded territory on which we operate. We believe that only by recognizing truth can true progress on the issue be realized for all.
  • Education: Post-secondary education should be widely-accessible and guaranteed to all.
  • Health Care: True public health care must be comprehensive and should include guaranteed access to dental care, pharma care, mental health supports, and long-term end of life care.
  • Public Housing: We must end the punishment of the homeless. We need short-term, medium-term, and long-term plans to ensure every Albertan has guaranteed housing.
  • Climate Change: We recognize that our planet’s biosphere has been degraded as a result of human activity. We desperately need a wide-spread solution-oriented mindset amongst our people and legislators.
  • Oil & Gas Development: Alberta’s resources are diverse and considerable. If we are to develop them, we must grow past our traditional ‘rip-it-and-ship-it’ mentality and consider new economic possibilities. Solutions that consider the impacts on the land water and air must be applied in tandem with carbon accountability. Improved government oversight and Indigenous involvement are also necessary.
  • Reproductive Rights: Abortion and birth-control access must be guaranteed to every person. Only with comprehensive sexual education and equitable health care access can overall reproductive health be improved. 
  • Sexual and Gender Equality: The expression and exploration of the self must be protected as any right. We recognize that modern society has an institutionalized sense of patriarchy and heterosexuality with a long history of oppression.
  • Treaty Rights: We recognize that much of the land covered by the treaties was bargained for in bad faith on the part of the Crown. We also recognize that large parts of Canada do not even have treaty definition. We believe in the mindful, willful dismantling of the Indian Act.
  • Drug Prohibition: Current policies/attitudes are destructive, racist, and counter-intuitive. Drug use should not be criminalized. The roots of drug abuse must be explored and mended at the source through compassionate legislation.
  • Police Reform: Police are handling far too many social issues as a result of bad government practices and poor-prioritization. Police departments must be defunded and de-militarized to make way for street-level supports for the most vulnerable. Reducing crime and reducing poverty cannot be done independently.
  • Collective Bargaining: The AAC recognizes the rights of workers to bargain effectively and collectively for the value of their labour.