Posts Categorized: Reconciliation

Committing to the Truth of Our Past

ReconcilingYEG Round Dance at City Hall.

Since the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada presented the Executive Summary of their final report along with the 94 Calls to Action three years ago, Canadians and Edmontonians have been challenged to keep the process of reconciliation going. At the Edmonton Heritage Council, we have taken this commitment to heart. Over the past several… Read more »

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Reconciling Our Built Form

The Red Hill Valley Parkway in Hamilton, Ontario built overtop of 22 known historic use sites.

As someone who is still fairly new to the formal heritage sector, I am constantly learning more about the heritage community and its operating norms. And as an Indigenous person, I continually struggle with the emphasis placed on built heritage as our primary link to the past and where we come from as a community. I recently… Read more »

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Culture & Reconciliation

Blanket exercise with EHC Staff and Directors

Last November, Chief Wilton Littlechild, Mayor Don Iveson and MLA Rod Loyola sat with Edmonton Heritage Council’s board and staff to speak about their vision of how Edmontonians would live into (and beyond) the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Calls to Action. At the time, the release of the final report of the TRC was… Read more »

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First Steps on a Long Journey: Camsell Hospital Symposium

City of Edmonton Archives, EA-600-3574a.

It has been two years since the Truth and Reconciliation’s National Event in Edmonton, but our city is still figuring out how to reconcile different narratives of important people, places and events. A key part of this for many in the community is the complicated history and legacy of the Charles Camsell Hospital. It has… Read more »

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Embarking on the Mountain Path

The seven volumes of the Final Report of the Truth & Reconciliation Commission

In December 2015, the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada shared its final report—the culmination of over 6 years of work to document the truth of the Indian Residential School System in Canada. The final report is nearly 3800 pages and references the 5.5 Million documents collected and almost 7000 testimonies given by survivors from… Read more »

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