National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
The City and its employees are observing the day to reflect on the legacy of residential schools and align with the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action.
How the City is recognizing the day?
The Mayor has issued a proclamation regarding National Day for Truth and Reconciliation.
To honour Indigenous children, survivors and families of those impacted by the residential school system in Canada, the flags at City facilities will be lowered to half mast.
Is the city of st. Albert holding any events?
There will not be any formal events or ceremonies taking place at City Hall on September 30. This decision was made based on the following factors as well as the feedback received from Indigenous community members and groups who have supported the City's reconciliation efforts over the past months:
- Increased risk associated with COVID-19
- Event limitations related to provincial public health measures
- Respecting community members’ and Elders’ comfort with having in-person gatherings related to COVID-19
- Respecting capacities of those who have supported recent reconciliation events (community-led walk, pekîwewak awâsisak ᐯᑮᐍᐘᐠ ᐊᐚᓯᓴᐠ Children are Coming Home, permanent flag raising of the Treaty 6 Flag and Métis Nation Flag, and noting 3 of 5 Indigenous learning opportunities in September were postponed due to COVID-19 concerns
What Learning Opportunities are available?
Art Gallery of St. Albert – Every Child Matters Button Making
- In-gallery or take home (September 28 to October 2)
- Display in St. Albert Place Lobby
- Resources to the schools are available throughout September
- Museum Moment (online video) and blog will be available September 27 and will remain on the website
- Learning Circle series to discuss each of the modules from the U of A'sIndigenous Canada online course
How can I recognize the day?
We encourage St. Albert residents to wear orange on this day as well to stand in solidarity with residential school survivors and their families and commit to moving towards reconciliation. You can learn more about Orange Shirt Day at https://orangeshirtday.net/.
Visit the Healing Garden which was created in 2017 along the Red Willow Trail across from St. Albert Place to recognize and acknowledge the survivors of Residential Schools in St. Albert. It is meant to be a place of healing and reconciliation that will bring awareness, education, and cultural teachings to the community. Learn more about the Healing Garden.
Consider learning Michif through virtual classes from St. Albert Further Education starting on October 13.
What City services will be open?
On September 30, the City of St. Albert will be providing the same services we do on recognized Alberta holidays, including essential operations (emergency services, utility services, waste collection) and operating recreation facilities.
Most City offices will be closed on Thursday, September 30 and will be open again on Friday, October 1. Please note the following exceptions to statutory holiday service:
- Curbside waste collection will operate as usual (although the compost depot and Mike Mitchell Recycling Depot will be closed)
- St. Albert Transit will operate its usual weekday service
- Recreational facilities will be open during their regular Thursday hours
- All available online services can be viewed at stalbert.ca/serve.
- Dog licenses and business licensing/renewals can be made online using St. Albert MyCity at my.stalbert.ca. For registration support, contact 780-459-1500. For dog licensing, the RCMP Detachment is open by appointment only. Please call 780-458-4315 to pre-book.
- Utility and tax payments may be made via online banking. Residents will still be able to drop off their utility and tax payments using the secure drop box beside the front entry doors of St. Albert Place. We ask that these payments are made via cheque, made out to The City of St. Albert.
Last edited: September 29, 2021