Strathcona County is working on new initiatives to strengthen our relationship with Indigenous Peoples across the land, including the recent update of our Land Acknowledgement Policy and Flag Raising Policy. It is also important that we build and support good relations with Indigenous governments and people, and organizations who serve Indigenous people.
Upcoming Indigenous education opportunities
- Métis Week takes place from November 15 to the 21, 2021.
Strathcona County is hosting a two day workshop called Wool Mittens and Métis Beading. Make your own pair of custom wool mittens, stitch by stitch and bead by bead. This workshop is full of stories and conversation, and it is taught by Felice Gladue of Métis ALIVE in celebration of Métis Week.
- Strathcona County Library has an all-ages book list, with titles written by First Nations, Inuit, and Métis authors. These stories range from impactful memoirs and sociopolitical commentary to beautiful graphic novels and picture books for children.
National Day for Truth and Reconciliation
Strathcona County observed the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation statutory holiday and Orange Shirt Day on September 30.
On this date the Strathcona Wilderness Centre hosted a free day of learning, sharing and building relationships. Events included:
- an Indigenous Elder welcome and blessing,
- nature scavenger hunts,
- Indigenous performances and
- family-friendly activities
About Treaty 6
The office of the Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations serves as the united political voice for those First Nations of Treaty Six.The Confederacy of Treaty Six First Nations is dedicated to ensuring that the terms, spirit, and intent of Treaty Six are honoured and respected. The right of First Nations to self-determination must be honoured and respected - this includes the right to choose their own government and political structures, and to determine and direct the social, cultural, spiritual, and economic advancement of their people.
About the Métis Nation of Alberta
Since 1928, the Métis Nation of Alberta (MNA) has governed the Métis within Alberta. Their mandate is to be a representative voice on behalf of Métis people within Alberta, provide Métis people an opportunity to participate in government policy and, most importantly, promote and facilitate the advancement of Métis people through the pursuit of self-reliance, self-determination, and self-management.
Territorial land acknowledgement
Strathcona County is located on Treaty Six Territory and the homeland of the Métis Nation of Alberta, Region Two and Four.
Strathcona County honours the First Peoples of this land. We recognize that we stand upon land that carries the footsteps of Cree, Métis, and Blackfoot amongst many other Nations, who have been here for thousands of years.
Therefore, Strathcona County has an inherent responsibility to foster healthier relationships with First Peoples and further the Calls to Action.
Explore First Nation and Métis artworks
Engage with Indigenous connections in the Strathcona County Art Collection and re-explore the virtual exhibit Walking Gently: Spirit Stories and the 13 Moons by Métis artists Leah Dorion and Gary Sutton, presented by Gallery@501.
Credit: Eyes on the Prize, 2020, by William Frymire
This public art installation can be viewed at Ardrossan Spray Park and Playground