Alberta is taking meaningful steps toward stronger relationships with Indigenous Peoples.
Reconciliation is a journey of education and action to improve relations between Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. It is ongoing and active, and it starts with acknowledging the truth about Canada’s residential school system and colonial origins.
Alberta’s government is committed to collaborating with Indigenous communities and walking the path toward reconciliation together. This work has already begun, and it will continue to be a priority for our province.
These are some notable actions we’ve taken recently.
Indigenous Reconciliation Initiative
The Indigenous Reconciliation Initiative provides grants to support cultural and economic opportunities for Indigenous communities in Alberta.
Residential school monument
We worked with Indigenous people to develop a residential school monument and reconciliation garden on the Alberta Legislature grounds for the victims and survivors of Canada’s residential school system.
The Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada (TRC) Calls to Action set out a path toward reconciliation by providing meaningful targets for governments, organizations and individuals.
We have made progress on more than 20 of the calls to action that relate to the province. This includes some of the initiatives listed below in the areas of education, justice, child welfare, health and more.
We are also pursuing reconciliation in many other ways aside from the calls to action. By listening to Indigenous Peoples and finding Indigenous-led solutions, we are helping affect meaningful change that will lead to a better future for all.
We understand there are many paths that lead toward reconciliation and we are taking this journey through a number of other initiatives.
Ensuring Indigenous input into land-use planning
Alberta works with Indigenous communities and organizations to make informed plans around the use of land and to support Indigenous traditional uses, environmental conservation, recreation and economic development.
Engaging Indigenous youth through recreational and cultural activity
Alberta's Future Leaders Program collaborates with Indigenous communities in Alberta to provide annual summer youth programs.
Taking action against racism in Alberta
The Alberta government’s Anti-Racism Action Plan outlines actions that will help educate people about the value of diversity, remove systemic barriers to accessing government programs and services and ensure people in Alberta have equal access to information, resources, services and opportunities. There was Indigenous representation on the council that developed the plan.
Developing mutually beneficial agreements
Partnering with Fort McKay Métis Nation
A Memorandum of Understanding with the Fort McKay Métis Nation Association (FMMNA) captures the spirit of partnership and prosperity between Alberta’s government and all Indigenous communities. This partnership is meant to increase access to provincial skills training opportunities and better education outcomes. The agreement is a shared vision to work together on infrastructure funding and towards community sustainability.
Developing Indigenous-focused occupational health and safety materials
A health and safety toolkit was developed to enhance First Nation, Métis and Inuit employer and worker awareness and knowledge of occupational health and safety (OHS) information and resources. The toolkit supplies employers and workers with the tools they need to stay healthy and safe on the job and foster a positive health and safety workplace culture.
Investing in high-speed internet
The Alberta government is improving access to high-speed internet in rural, remote and Indigenous communities through Alberta’s Broadband Strategy.
Looking for supports?
- Indian Residential Schools Hotline: 1-800-721-0066
- Supports for families of missing and murdered Indigenous women and girls
- 24-hour Mental Health Help Line: 1-877-303-2642
- Access to other services: 211
- Indigenous organizations and services directory