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September 30 National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
National Indigenous Peoples Month is June 1 - 30

The City of Chestermere is located on the traditional territories of the Blackfoot and the people of the Treaty 7 Region in Southern Alberta, which includes the Piikani, Kainai and Siksika Nations; the Stoney-Nakoda, including the Chiniki, Bearspaw and Wesley First Nations; and the Tsuut’ina Nation. The City of Chestermere is also home to the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.

This day honours the lost children & survivors of residential schools, their families & communities.  

Recommendation # 57 from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission calls to action says to “Educate public servants on the history of Indigenous peoples, including the history and legacy of residential schools, the United Nations Declaration on the Rights of Indigenous Peoples, Treaties and Indigenous rights, Indigenous law, and Indigenous–Crown relations.”  

With that in mind, City of Chestermere staff will be spending the afternoon in an interactive training session  to learn and discuss what Sept. 30 means for reconciliation in Canada, and how we can participate meaningfully. 

To view some events that are being hosted today by local community organizations, visit: https://www.chestermere.ca/calendar.aspx 

Residents on this territory are encouraged to learn Canada’s true history and participate in reconciliation through the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action.

Resources:

Learn more about the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation here: https://www.canada.ca/en/canadian-heritage/campaigns/national-day-truth-reconciliation.html

View stories from survivors in their own words - Residential school survivors talk about their experiences and the lasting impact on their lives: https://newsinteractives.cbc.ca/longform/residential-school-survivors

View the National Film Board of Canada's online collection of Indigenous-made films. 

View the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s 94 Calls to Action

Read more about Treaty 7

Learn more about the Indian Act (1876) and 21 things you may not know about the Indian Act

Take the Indigenous Canada Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) from the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta that explores Indigenous histories and contemporary issues in Canada.

Visit the Gord Downie & Chanie Wenjack Fund website for a variety of resources

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