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National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

St. Albert Alliance Church  will be closed on Monday, October 2, 2023 in observance of the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. 
We respectfully acknowledge that we gather and worship on Treaty 6 territory, the traditional meeting grounds , gathering place and traveling route of the Cree, Saulteaux, Blackfoot, Metis, Dene and Nakota Sioux, including the Michel First nation.  We acknowledge all the many First Nations, Metis and Inuit whose footsteps have marked these lands for centuries. This land acknowledgement is a sign of our desire to walk alongside, and work with our neighbours towards reconciliation as modeled by Jesus who has called his people to the ministry of reconciliation.
The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation responds to one of the Calls to Action from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission, which calls for a day to, “honour Survivors, their families, and communities, and ensure that public commemoration of the history and legacy of residential schools remains a vital component of the reconciliation process.”  Observing the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is part of St. Albert Alliance Church's commitment to learn, grow and continue steps toward healing and reconciliation. We invite and encourage our church and community to use the day to learn and reflect on the history and ongoing legacy of the residential school system, to remember those who lost their lives and to honour survivors.  

What Can You Do?

Review the 94 Truth and Reconciliation calls to action and commit to at least one:

Prayer Guides:

Residential School Specific Resources:

Read Books about Indigenous issues, history, and books by Indigenous authors:

21 Things You May not Know about the Indian Act, by Bob Joseph
Indigenous Writes, by Chelsea Vowel
"The Orange Shirt Story" by Phyllis Webstad
Five Little Indians by Michelle Good
The Inconvenient Indian by Thomas King
Indian Horse by Richard Wagamese
Buy Mini TRC book

Watch educational videos and/or attend in-person or online events:

Treaty Talk: Sharing the River of Life (50 minute video that is Alberta based)

Royal Alberta Museum: The Royal Alberta Museum is hosting storytime readings in the Children's Gallery, Indigenous film screenings, and other activities all day on September 30, 2023. Learn more HERE.

Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park: In partnership with the City of Edmonton, the Indigenous Peoples Experience at Fort Edmonton Park will be open as a ticketed opportunity on Saturday, September 30 for your group to seek out the truths as lived by Indigenous peoples before and after Canada became a country. September 30, 2023, 10AM-4PM. Learn more HERE.

Elders Walk (Stony Plain): September 30, 2023,  9:30AM. Join community members and Elders for a local walk and talk in recognition of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. Click HERE for more info.

For a list of more events happening in Edmonton and area, click HERE.

For more videos and events, check out the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation:

More Information about Orange Shirt Day: