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Mayor Iveson Proclaims A Year of Reconciliation in Edmonton

A Year of Reconciliation

March 28, 2014

On behalf of City Council and all Edmontonians, Mayor Don Iveson proclaimed March 2014 - March 2015 A Year of Reconciliation at the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s (TRC) Alberta National Event this morning. Citing three distinct initiatives he will bring forward as priorities under the City’s Indigenous People’s Strategy, the Mayor committed to strengthening relationships with Aboriginal communities.

The announcement followed the Mayor’s induction as an Honourary Witness by TRC commissioners.

“As an Honourary Witness, I am responsible to call upon myself and my fellow leaders to be the keepers of history,” said Mayor Iveson. “It is a role I accept with great pride and dedication. The road to reconciliation is long and difficult, but with the right commitments from City Council, I believe we can build positive relationships with Aboriginal communities based on mutual respect and understanding of a shared history.”

The Mayor’s commitments include:

  • Creating an urban Aboriginal youth leadership initiative to increase participation in civic programs and services, fill gaps in current programming and enable youth to explore career opportunities in the public service.
  • Developing an education program for city staff that shares the history of residential schools, their impact on Aboriginal peoples, and opens dialogue on reconciliation in the workplace.
  • Working with Edmonton’s Aboriginal community to create and support a venue, or venues, to promote the spiritual and cultural practices of all indigenous communities, for cultural reconnection, ceremony and celebration.

Mayor Iveson hopes Edmonton will become a symbol of solidarity with Aboriginal communities to other cities in Canada and encourages other municipalities to explore ways they can participate in the process of reconciliation.

For more information:

John Brennan

Office of Mayor Don Iveson
Title Strategic Advisor to the Mayor
Telephone Office: 780-496-8104
Mobile: 780-405-5622
Email john.brennan@edmonton.ca