Reconciliation and Resurgence Symposium Program Notes

Program Notes

This page will continue to be updated with program notes regarding an upcoming heritage symposium entitled Reconciliation and Resurgence: Heritage Practice in Post-TRC Edmonton, which takes place from March 3-4 at La Cité Francophone. A pre-conference workshop Bridging the Gap: Guiding Principles on Your Path to Reconciliation is also being offered on March 2 at the same venue. This page will continue to be updated as we release more details on both events.

This project represents the collective wisdom of Indigenous advisors, Knowledge Keepers, and Elders. The symposium will allow participants, attendees, and our partners to truly consider and examine what it looks like to revisit current ways of thinking and working.

Thanks to our steering committee for their work and guidance in developing the project along with the Edmonton Heritage Council.

Presentations and Speakers

Bridging the Gap: Guiding Principles on Your Path to Reconciliation

Tickets are now available for this pre-symposium workshop taking place on March 2; speakers will explore Indigenous worldviews, natural law, allyship, language, and ownership. Presented by Shani Gwin, Teneya Gwin, & Carola Cunningham.

Moving Toward Reconciliation in Edmonton Catholic Schools

In terms of Indigenous education, there are two gaps in Alberta’s education system; the achievement gap between Indigenous and non-Indigenous students plus the knowledge gap that permeates the system. In order to close these gaps, Edmonton Catholic Schools implemented the Braided Journeys program to support Indigenous students and developed a professional development strategy to increase the cultural competency of all educators. Presented by Pamela Sparklingeyes.

Deh Gah Gotine (“I Am…”): A Celebration of Northern Indigenous Heritage

A collaborative initiative supporting Indigenous community-based researchers documenting history and cultural heritage of families and communities within the Northwest Territories. Presented by Lois Edge & Camilia Zoe-Chocolate.

Indigenous Naming in Edmonton

This discussion will focus on the naming conventions in the City of Edmonton’s past, present, and future. It will touch on the importance of Indigenous naming conventions and ceremony. Topics will include whether naming in the past was authentic or patronizing and how the City is shifting on how naming is undertaken. Presented by Rob Houle.


Comprised of different collections of maps, this spatial installation illustrates the borders (in all meanings) of First Nations reserves in Alberta. Presented by Marina Hulzenga.

Métis Kinscapes Project: Navigating “Community” While Researching Métis Relations and Peoplehood at Lac Ste. Anne, AB

To understand the influence of Lac Ste Anne’s pilgrimage on Métis peoples’ lives, we need to look beyond religion and focus instead on the notion of kinscapes, “a set of relational constellations” that link Métis families together across a vast and varied geography, to ancestors, the dead, and to other-than-human beings/forces. Presented by Dr. Paul Gareau, Dr. Kisha Supernant, & Dr. Nathalie Kermoal.

River Crossing Indigenous Engagement: Building Meaningful Relationships Through Heritage Planning

This collaborative presentation explores how the City of Edmonton has built and maintained meaningful relationships with Indigenous communities through the redevelopment planning of the historic Rossdale neighbourhood. Through the creation of the Heritage Interpretive Plan and the Business Plan, the City of Edmonton sought to engage First Nations and Métis communities in new and meaningful ways. Spanning four years of work, this presentation will describe the process and outcomes of the City’s work with over twenty Indigenous communities and related organizations, and lessons learned. Presented by Susie Houle & James Haney.

Symposium Steering Committee

Elder Gilman Cardinal Elder Services, Aboriginal Diversity Training
Elder Roxann Roan Filmmaker, Maskwacis First Nation
Ron Lameman Bilateral Treaty Coordinator, Confederacy of Treaty No. 6 First Nations
Bailey Oster Regional Youth Coordinators Manager, Métis Nation of Alberta
Morgan Bamford Acting Supervisor, Indigenous Relations Office, City of Edmonton
Calvin Bruneau Chief, Papaschase First Nation
Brittany Cherweniuk Interpretation Supervisor, Fort Edmonton Park
Dr. Crystal Gail Fraser Faculty Member, Department of History and Classics, University of Alberta
Kim Ghostkeeper Community Liaison, Aboriginal Victim Services
Doris Gladue Director, Indigenous Relations, Fort Edmonton Park
Rob Houle Consultant, Indigenous Relations Office, City of Edmonton
James Lamouche Director of Research, Indigenous Knowledge and Wisdom Centre
Dr. Pat Makokis Servant Leader, Consultant, Saddle Lake Cree Nation
Jaimy Miller Acting Director, Indigenous Relations Office, City of Edmonton
Terry Morin Archives Manager, Enoch First Nation
David Ridley Executive Director, Edmonton Heritage Council
Brad Seneca EHC Board Member; Founder and Executive Director, Buffalo Keeper Nehiyaw Centre
Dr. Lana Whiskeyjack Artist and Assistant Professor, Faculty of Extension, University of Alberta and University of Blue Quills
Christina Williamson EHC Board Member; PhD Candidate, Carleton University