“Today, Albertans join all Canadians in recognizing National Indigenous Peoples Day.

“We celebrate the pride, histories, traditions and cultures of Indigenous Peoples across Alberta and Canada. Celebrated on or near the summer solstice – the longest day of the year – National Indigenous Peoples Day marks the beginning of a season to gather with family, friends and community.

“On this day in 1899, Treaty 8 was signed in northern Alberta – the largest land treaty in Canada. Alberta’s government respects the First Nations’ treaty relationship with the Crown, and we are proud of the government-to-government relationship we share today.

“More than 258,000 First Nations, Métis and Inuit peoples call Alberta home, and their economic and cultural contributions are vital to the progress we make as a province, now and into the future.

“Alberta’s government is walking side by side with Indigenous peoples for shared prosperity, access to equal opportunities and a promising and safe future for Indigenous women, girls and 2SLGBTQQIA people.

“This month is a chance to build bridges of friendship and understanding by learning about the history, languages and cultures of Indigenous Peoples and their contributions to the province.

“It is all the more important to listen and learn this year as we are reminded of Canada’s dark history with residential schools. Reconciliation starts with education. Let’s not stop at one day, and continue to learn while reaching out to Indigenous peoples and communities throughout the year.

“Today, I’ll be hosting a virtual celebration featuring appearances from Canadian Folk Music Awards nominee Cindy Paul and fancy dancer Kendall Chase Gladeau Bull. Join us at 10:30 a.m. at facebook.com/ABIndigenousRelations.

“I wish all Albertans a happy National Indigenous Peoples Day!”