Through the creation of an Indigenous Framework, the City of Edmonton is seeking to understand how to build strong, healthy relationships with Indigenous communities in Edmonton. Over the last three years, this work has been co-created with 40+ Indigenous organizations, not-for-profits, post-secondary institutions and government entities. Through previous engagements, four roles (Advocate, Connector, Partner, Witness) were identified as a means of how the City of Edmonton and its roughly 14,000 employees can best support Indigenous communities in Edmonton.
Along our journey, we have had the opportunity to work closely with Elders and Knowledge Keepers, to host an Elders and Knowledge Keepers gathering, and come together in ceremony. Over the summer and fall of 2019, the City hosted five community engagement events where Indigenous community members, including Elders and youth, were invited to help refine the work that has been done to date.
A final guiding document that describes the City’s role in building strong relationships with Indigenous communities will be shared with all City of Edmonton staff and with City Council in 2020.