Published on September 17, 2019

Starting the Journey Towards Reconciliation in St. Albert


  • The Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents of St. Albert, residential school survivors and their families, City Council and City staff are beginning to walk together on a journey towards reconciliation in our community.
  • The Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert Circle is supporting the reconciliation work. The Circle’s membership included Elder Tom Ghostkeeper, who passed away before the Circle could complete its report, Knowledge Keeper Hazel McKennett and Michif Cultural Connections.
  • The Circle appreciates the contributions of the St. Albert – Sturgeon County Métis Local, Poundmakers Lodge, St. Albert RCMP Detachment, St. Albert Arts and Heritage Foundation, Musée Heritage Museum, Art Gallery of St. Albert, and St. Albert Public Library.


  • The recommendations of the Payhonin St. Albert Reconciliation Circle, which are based on the report prepared by Apakosis, the City’s reconciliation consultant, whose staff worked with the City to consult with Indigenous and non-indigenous members of the St. Albert community regarding reconciliation. For more information on the 14 recommendations, view the Reconciliation Engagement Report.

The Aboriginal People of Canada Drum

Healing Garden Ceremony - speaker


  • The recommendations apply to everyone in our community of St. Albert. They will also serve as an example to other municipalities across Canada.  


  • On September 9, 2019, the Payhonin St. Albert Reconciliation Circle presented their reconciliation recommendations to the Governance, Priorities and Finance Committee for consideration and further action.


  • The Truth and Reconciliation Commission identified actions municipalities can take to support the work of reconciliation. The City of St. Albert has committed to these municipal calls to action and has engaged Indigenous and non-Indigenous residents for input on the best way for us to move forward on our journey towards reconciliation in our community.

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Last edited: October 18, 2019