“Each year during National Indigenous History Month, we celebrate and honour the achievements, histories and resilience of Indigenous Peoples, who have lived on these lands for generations.

“This is a fitting time to reaffirm our commitment to reconciliation, and reconciliation is not possible without education. I urge all Albertans to attend events, engage with local Indigenous communities and learn more about First Nations, Métis and Inuit experiences and perspectives.

“Alberta’s government remains committed to reconciliation, and we are taking action across government to ensure Indigenous Peoples, communities and voices are included in policies, programs and decisions made at every level.

“Last fall, we were so pleased to open the Kihciy Maskikiy/Aakaakmotaani reconciliation garden on the southeast lawn of Alberta’s legislature grounds. It is blooming again, and I invite everyone to visit it this summer if you are in Edmonton. It is a very moving place to reflect.

“Of course, a major highlight of this month-long celebration is National Indigenous Peoples Day on June 21. There will be many events across Alberta, and I hope everyone will commemorate and take part in this important day.

“There are many helpful resources available online or in your local community hubs. Get involved and learn about Indigenous heritage today. There is no time like the present. May the stories you hear this month inspire you throughout the year.”