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 of the most recent actions we have taken on the evolving journey toward reconciliation.
Premier’s Council on MMIWG
We are creating a Premier’s Council on Missing and Murdered Indigenous Women and Girls (MMIWG) that will recommend actions to help eliminate gender-based violence against Indigenous people in Alberta.
Residential school monument
We are working with Indigenous people to develop a residential school memorial at 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 achievable and meaningful targets for governments, organizations and people to work towards everyday.
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, mental health and addictions, consultation, infrastructure and more.
While the calls to action provide an important roadmap, there are many other ways to pursue reconciliation. We must listen to the concerns of Indigenous Peoples to find meaningful ways to support healing and growth. The path toward reconciliation can only be followed through partnership and collaboration.
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.
These include initiatives such as the Moose Lake Access Management Plan, the expansion of Kitaskino Nuwenëné Wildland Park, caribou sub-regional task forces, the cooperative management of wildland provincial parks in Northeast Alberta, the Springbank Off-stream Reservoir and surface water quality management frameworks.
Transferring a historic cemetery to the Enoch Cree Nation
Alberta’s government is returning land that holds a historic Indigenous cemetery to the Enoch Cree Nation, a First Nation west of Edmonton. This small parcel of land was part of Enoch Cree Nation reserve land until the federal government encouraged its surrender in 1908.
Eliminating the Alberta Indian Tax Exemption Card
To remove barriers for First Nations people, the Alberta Indian Tax Exemption (AITE) card has been eliminated. Eligible First Nations customers only need their federal Certificate of Indian Status card (status card) to make tax exempt purchases made on First Nations.
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. Youth are engaged through sport, arts, recreation, leadership and cultural activities that are facilitated by mentors who live and work in the community.
Funding for YMCA Calgary’s Camp Chief Hector supports stronger community relationships between campers and local Indigenous groups, and this YMCA chapter has worked on programming changes to keep the organization on a path to reconciliation.
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
Protocol and relationship agreements create a more formal way for the Alberta government and First Nations to work together. They support meaningful discussion, information sharing and collaboration on issues of mutual concern.
- Alberta-Stoney Nakoda-Tsuut’ina Tribal Council Protocol Agreement. Government-to-government discussions are about health, economic growth, education, family services and housing.
- Alberta-Blackfoot Confederacy Protocol Agreement. The agreement outlines a shared commitment to talk about education, environment and lands, health, economic development and employment, and political and legal areas.
- Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations. Priority areas of the agreement include land and resources, health care, education, justice and policing, family services and housing.
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.
Community Policing Grant applications now open
Indigenous and municipal communities in Alberta can now apply for a one-time grant of up to $30,000 to develop a business case for their own self-administered police service or regional equivalent.
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