TRUTH & RECONCILIATION

Improvement District No. 9 is committed to listening, learning, and to building and maintaining relationships with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations. We are committed to sharing Truth, supporting Reconciliation and celebrating this beautiful place.

Created in 2022, our three-year Reconciliation Action Plan was created following engagement activities with Indigenous peoples and communities, within the district. We are grateful for the knowledge shared.  The Plan is reflective of that gratitude and the opportunity we have, as ID9, to advance Reconciliation grounded in Truth.

“Improvement District No. 9’s Truth and Reconciliation efforts are motivated by the understanding that we have a responsibility to recognize and to honor the deep original connections that Indigenous Peoples have to this area. We recognize that we have the profound privilege to live and work in this beautiful community, and with that, we take seriously the responsibility to better understand its history and current use. The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) was mandated to provide guidance on supporting Reconciliation through truth and healing.  The Principles of Truth and Reconciliation and the TRC Calls to Action have guided our Reconciliation journey. Thanks also to guidance from Annie Korver and Teneya Gwin, we have been able to begin some of the important work that needs to be done. Council looks forward to continuing to grow and evolve as we learn from our Indigenous Neighbours” Chair Dave Shebeck, 2022

Special thanks to previous Councilors Alison Brewster & Davina Bernard for their incredible work on this project.

Through meaningful and thoughtful consultation with Knowledge Keepers, Rise Consulting, and Eleven Eleven Consulting, this Land Acknowledgement Guide was built. Ratepayers in ID9 are welcome to use it as a source of information and encouragement as they build on their own journey towards Truth & Reconciliation.

We honour and acknowledge that Improvement District No. 9 is located within the Rocky Mountains, on traditional Treaty 6, 7 and 8 Territory and the Métis Nation of Alberta Region III within the historical Northwest Métis Homeland.

This land has a long history as a sacred gathering place for ceremony, trade and celebration. That tradition continues today as we enjoy and benefit from the land, acknowledge its beauty, and welcome others from around the world to enjoy it. This land is a gathering place for the Niitsitapi from the Blackfoot Confederacy – the Siksika, Kainai, Piikani, as well as the Îyâxe Nakoda, comprised of the Bearspaw, Chiniki, and Wesley First Nations; the Tsuut’ina Nation, the Ktuxana Nation, the Secwépemc Nation and the Mountain Cree.

Improvement District 9 is committed to Call to Action #57, to listening, learning, and to building and maintaining relationships with Indigenous peoples, communities and organizations. We are committed to sharing Truth, supporting Reconciliation and to celebrating this beautiful place.

 

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