Truth & Reconciliation

Fort Saskatchewan is located on Treaty 6 Territory and Métis Nation of Alberta Region 4. We are grateful to share this land with Indigenous Peoples, who have resided here since time immemorial.

The City of Fort Saskatchewan is committed to Truth & Reconciliation. We recognize the need to support all Indigenous communities, understand the truth of Canada’s colonial history, and celebrate and uplift Indigenous voices, culture, and tradition.

In March 2021, City Council expressed support for Truth & Reconciliation work in Fort Saskatchewan at a municipal level. Council directed Administration to continue researching and consulting with Indigenous stakeholders for the remainder of 2021 and to prepare a plan for consideration with the 2022 budget deliberations.

Current Status

  • Connecting with Indigenous stakeholders, such as consultants, governing bodies, and local community members.
  • Identifying individuals interested in working with us to move forward with Truth & Reconciliation
  • Committing to a respectful and positive way forward for all parties involved.
  • In response to the thousands of graves found at Residential Schools across the country, the City will be lowering its flags to half-mast for the remainder of summer 2021.

The City recognizes that this is a journey and a long-term commitment. We are taking a measured and respectful approach as a start. We believe that building relationships with Indigenous communities and individuals is a crucial first step in this process.

Next Steps

As we move forward in consultation with our community, we will determine the next appropriate steps based on the feedback we receive from stakeholders.

City staff will bring forward a budget request as part of the 2022 budget deliberations in order to set aside funds specifically for furthering the work of Truth & Reconciliation in Fort Saskatchewan in the coming years.

Get Involved

If you would like to share insights or ideas or join in the learning, we would love to hear from you. Please contact Jessica Weller, Culture & Heritage Supervisor, at jweller@fortsask.ca.

Information on Residential Schools

In recent weeks, awareness of Indigenous issues and Truth & Reconciliation has been on the rise across Canada, spurred in large part by discoveries of thousands of Indigenous children in mass graves at Residential Schools. Conversations about how to approach Truth & Reconciliation and support Indigenous communities are becoming increasingly common across the country, including in Fort Saskatchewan.

Indigenous communities have known about the realities of Residential Schools for generations, but many Canadians may be unaware of the impact these government-operated schools had on Indigenous Peoples.

We encourage all Fort Saskatchewan residents to take this opportunity to learn about Residential Schools and their continuing impact on Indigenous Peoples. The National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation (NCTR) offers a number of excellent resources to help you begin your learning journey.

Read more on the NCTR site

The Truth & Reconciliation Commission of Canada published its Calls to Action in 2015. This document outlines 94 ways that governments, churches, businesses, and individual Canadians can work towards reconciliation with Indigenous Peoples.

View Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action

The First Nations Child & Family Caring Society of Canada has also developed a child-friendly guide to the Calls to Action.

If you would like to learn more, the University of Alberta is offering a free course Indigenous history and contemporary issues through Coursera.

Register for “Indigenous Canada”