For Immediate Release | April 08, 2019
Launch of Payhonin Reconcilation St. Albert
Formal start of engagement on reconciliation on April 17
The City of St. Albert is pleased to announce the official launch of the Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert at a special event on April 17 from 1 to 3 p.m.
Payhonin is the Cree word for gathering place and is a traditional Indigenous name for the valley where St. Albert is located.
“The City of St. Albert is committed to supporting the work of truth and reconciliation in our community,” says St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron. “By learning more about our shared history, we can restore right relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous Peoples and move forward together on our journey towards reconciliation.”
This event is the formal start of the engagement phase, which will be used to develop an advisory framework, update the current land acknowledgement and protocols (if necessary), and develop an Indigenous learning strategy for the municipality.
The event will take place on April 17, 2019 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Albert Curling Club, which is located on 3 Taché Street.
Agenda for the ceremony (tentative)
- Welcome to Elders and Knowledge Keepers
- Introductions of Mayor, Councillors and Participating Indigenous Groups
- Overview of Ceremony
- Smudging and Prayer Flag Offering
- Honour Song
- Overview of Upcoming Engagement Opportunities
The launch will be followed by a variety of engagement opportunities. Throughout April and May, we will provide the community with a variety of ways to learn more, to share their stories and to get involved in the reconciliation process:
- Tea and Talking Circles
- May 6 to 10, from 2 to 8 p.m. each day, at St. Albert Place
- Focus Groups
- May 4 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the St. Albert Public Library
- May 11 from 1 to 3 p.m. at the Art Gallery of St. Albert
- May 14 from 6 to 8 p.m. at Juneau House
- May 16 from 6 to 8 p.m. at the Musée Heritage Museum
- Online opportunities on the City website:
- Review of current land acknowledgement
- An online survey, to gauge people’s awareness of Indigenous history
- Opportunity to take a personal pledge to support the work of reconciliation
For more information on Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert and how you can get involved, visit the City website at stalbert/reconciliation.
Note: members of the media and the community are welcome to attend and may take photos or videos of all parts of the opening ceremony, except for the smudging – no photos or videos should be taken of the smudging.
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