We acknowledge we are situated on Indigenous land in Treaty 6 territory; land occupied, travelled, and cared for by Indigenous Peoples since time immemorial to the present day.
This place – ᒥᐢᑿᒌᐚᐢᑲᐦᐃᑲᐣ, amiskwacîwâskahikan, Edmonton – is a traditional meeting ground, gathering place, and travelling route of the Nêhiyawak (Cree), Anishinaabe (Saulteaux), Niitsitapi (Blackfoot), Métis, Dene, and Nakota Sioux; whose histories, languages, and cultures continue to enrich our shared heritage.
We acknowledge these things as a reminder that we are all Treaty People bound to one another by the spirit and intent of Treaty. Too often these agreements between nations are excluded from the stories we tell about the past, this place, and ourselves.
EHC is committed to responding to the Truth and Reconciliation’s (TRC) Calls to Action, particularly those within our mandate and related to the heritage sector. After the final TRC event in Edmonton in March 2014, the EHC Board of Directors sat with Grand Chief Wilton Littlechild, Mayor Don Iveson, and Edmonton MLA Rod Loyola to speak about their vision of how Edmontonians would live into the Calls to Action. Heritage work involves being truthful about what has happened in our communities and making meaningful decisions about who is included in the discussion, whose histories are represented, and how we reflect on our own histories.
We are committed to Indigenous cultural independence, stated in Connections & Exchanges: A 10-Year Plan to Transform Arts and Heritage in Edmonton. We support the agency and autonomy of Indigenous peoples in revitalizing and participating in traditional, contemporary, and future manifestations of their heritage and culture.