Indigenous connections

"Amisk-wa-chi" painting of a stylized crane resting on a plant by an indigenous artist
Photo credit: Dawn Marie Marchand & Gary Sutton©, “Amisk-wa-chi” – Relationship with the Land, 2020, mixed media, Strathcona County Art Collection

Strathcona County is working on new initiatives to strengthen our relationship with Indigenous Peoples across the land, including the recent update of our Land Acknowledgement Policy and Flag Raising Policy. It is also important that we build and support good relations with Indigenous governments and people, and organizations who serve Indigenous people.

Upcoming Indigenous education opportunities

  • Strathcona County Library has an all-ages book list, with titles written by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis authors. These stories range from impactful memoirs and sociopolitical commentary to beautiful graphic novels and picture books for children. 

National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

Strathcona County observed the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation statutory holiday and Orange Shirt Day on September 30.

On this date the Strathcona Wilderness Centre hosted a free day of learning, sharing and building relationships. Events included:

  • an Indigenous Elder welcome and blessing,
  • nature scavenger hunts,
  • Indigenous performances and
  • family-friendly activities

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Past initiatives

  • New initiatives following the July 6 Council meeting include:

    • funding a dedicated, full-time Indigenous relations position.  
    • working with Indigenous leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Elders to develop an Indigenous Education and Training program for all Strathcona County elected officials and staff. 
    • developing a report, in consultation with Indigenous leaders, Elders, Knowledge Keepers and Elders, on the installation of a permanent memorial in Strathcona County to honour those impacted by Canada’s residential schools. 
    • reviewing the Truth and Reconciliation Calls to Action to identify all actions related to municipalities and develop an implementation plan for Strathcona County. The report is due for Council review on or before September 14, 2021.
    • Read the full release here.
  • Strathcona County flags were lowered on June 25 to honour the 751 people, mostly children, who were found in unmarked graves near a former residential school site in Saskatchewan. The flags remained at half-mast for 751 hours.

    We mourn with all families and survivors of Canada’s residential school system. Sadly, this is just the beginning of the search for unmarked graves in Alberta and across Canada.

    Strathcona County is located on Treaty Six First Nations territory and the home of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Regions Two and Four. We offer our condolences and support and are committed to implementing recommendations from the Truth and Reconciliation Commission report.

    Residential School Crisis Line: 1-866-925-4419
    Hope for Wellness: 1-855-242-3310
    Kids Help Phone: 1-800-668-6868

  • June 21 marked National Indigenous Peoples Day in Canada and Strathcona County was proud to celebrate the unique heritage, diverse cultures, and outstanding achievements of Indigenous people. From June 19 - 21, the County hosted a variety of activities in acknowledgement of this date.

About Treaty 6

The office of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations serves as the united political voice for those First Nations of Treaty Six.The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations is dedicated to ensuring that the terms, spirit, and intent of Treaty Six are honoured and respected. The right of First Nations to self-determination must be honoured and respected - this includes the right to choose their own government and political structures, and to determine and direct the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic advancement of their people.

About the Métis Nation of Alberta

Since 1928, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) has governed the Métis within Alberta. Their mandate is to be a representative voice on behalf of Métis people within Alberta, provide Métis people an opportunity to participate in government policy and, most importantly, promote and facilitate the advancement of Métis people through the pursuit of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-management.

Territorial land acknowledgement

Strathcona County is located on Treaty Six Territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Two and Four. 

Strathcona County honours the First Peoples of this land. We recognize that we stand upon land that carries the footsteps of Cree, Métis, and Blackfoot amongst many other Nations, who have been here for thousands of years. 

Therefore, Strathcona County has an inherent responsibility to foster healthier relationships with First Peoples and further the Calls to Action.

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Explore First Nation and Métis artworks

Eyes on the Prize by William Frymire

Engage with Indigenous connections in the Strathcona County Art Collection and re-explore the virtual exhibit Walking Gently: Spirit Stories and the 13 Moons by Métis artists Leah Dorion and Gary Sutton, presented by Gallery@501.

First Nation and Métis artists in the Strathcona County Art Collection

Credit: Eyes on the Prize, 2020, by William Frymire
This public art installation can be viewed at Ardrossan Spray Park and Playground


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Last updated: Friday, December 17, 2021
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