Cultural Learnings



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.


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 the use of the term and its meaning. As we continue to learn and 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 is an inclusive term that represents three distinct groups of people: First Nations, Métis and Inuit.

Last edited: April 4, 2023