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Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert

Join the City of St. Albert and its partner organizations as we kick off the City’s reconciliation process. The City is committed to restoring balance to its relationship with Indigenous peoples. Payhonin Reconciliation St. Albert is the City’s initiative to begin the journey towards reconciliation between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people in our community. 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.

JOIN OUR CIRCLE

We invite you to join our circle and walk together with us on our journey towards reconciliation. Be part of restoring balanced relationships.

Join the circle

Reconciliation

Reconciliation refers to the effort being undertaken to increase understanding and restore balanced relationships among Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) reviewed the traumatic impact residential schools had on seven generations of Indigenous children and explored ways Canada could support the healing process. As part of its work, the TRC identified calls to action that municipalities can take to further the work of reconciliation.

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PAYHONIN

Payhonin is a term that may be interpreted in a variety of ways. Members of the Indigenous community, including Elders and Knowledge Keepers, have different perspectives on use of the term and its meaning. As we continue to learn, and continue to listen, we will gain a deeper understanding of Payhonin.

One way to think of the term Payhonin is referring not to a specific location like St. Albert, but rather as a place for something to happen. Each reference to Payhonin has context for a given place and time. In the case of our working circle, we are using Payhonin to refer to our community’s collective journey towards reconciliation.

Indigenous 

Indigenous is an inclusive term that represents three distinct groups of people: First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

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Exploring Reconciliation in St. Albert

Three Indigenous students interview St. Albert Mayor Cathy Heron to explore what reconciliation means to our community.

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Join Our Circle

We invite you to join our circle and walk together with us on our journey towards reconciliation. Be part of restoring balanced relationships.

Join the circle

Acknowledgement Suggestions

We hope to get an endorsement of this statement, or to update the statement, based on the input we receive from the St. Albert community.

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