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Reconciliation Engagement Phase

Moving towards reconciliation

On April 17, 2019, the City of St. Albert held the official launch of Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert. Payhonin is a Cree word for gathering place and is a traditional Indigenous name for the valley where St. Albert is located. Many stories passed down through the Nehiyaw peoples describe numerous places at certain lakes and along the Sturgeon River valley as places of payhonin to rest, camp or use as navigable coordinates in their travels.

This event marked the formal start of the engagement phase of our reconciliation journey. The input we receive will be used to develop an advisory framework and an Indigenous learning strategy for the City of St. Albert.

The engagement phase of this journey is extremely important, as it will help us learn more about our shared history, discover the things we have in common, and identify how we can move forward together.

We are offering a variety of ways to get involved in the reconciliation process, so each community member can take part in the opportunity that makes the most sense for them.

Tea and Talking Circles

  • Informal drop-in opportunity to share stories, learn from one another and connect over tea.
  • Will take place from May 6 to 10 at St. Albert Place (5 St. Anne Street).
  • Find us in the lobby on the main floor from 2 to 8 p.m. each day.

Focus Groups

  • Formal opportunity at a set time to share perspectives on reconciliation.
  • Two sessions during the day and two sessions in the evening.
  • Four different locations – choose the place and time that works best for you:
    • May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Albert Public Library (5 St. Anne Street)
    • May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Art Gallery of St. Albert (19 Perron Street)
    • May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Juneau House (9 Mission Avenue)
    • May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Musée Heritage Museum (5 St. Anne Street)

Feedback on Land Acknowledgement

  • Review the current wording and offer your perspective on it.
  • Your feedback will either confirm the wording adequately captures our effort to recognize the traditional territory of the Indigenous people who called the land home before the arrival of settlers or offer suggestions for revision.

Provide Feedback

Online Survey

  • Share what you know about the reconciliation process in St. Albert and how you feel about it.
  • Help us determine where our community is at right now and the work we need to do.

Take the Online Survey

Personal Pledge

  • Take a pledge committing yourself to support the work of reconciliation.
  • Share your commitment via Twitter using the hashtag #PayhoninPledge.

Take the Pledge

For more information on these opportunities, and on Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert, visit the City website at

Last edited: May 2, 2019

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