As Edmonton, amiskwaciwâskahikan (Beaver Mountain House in Plains Cree) is on the cultural and traditional lands of Treaty Territory No. 6, it is vital we engage Indigenous people in our work.
It is important to recognize and address the many factors brought forth with the institution of colonialism. Displacement from traditional homelands, systemic racism, residential schools, the Sixties Scoop, and the ongoing overrepresentation in child welfare and correctional systems are responsibilities we all share.
The negative impact and intergenerational trauma this has had on the Indigenous community is undeniable. To effect real and lasting change, the physical, mental, emotional, and spiritual well-being of individuals and communities must always be at the core of what we do, and how we do it.
This means aligning our approach to reflect the valued work of the Truth and Reconciliation Commission. It is critical to not only meet these calls to action, but to ensure the path we walk in supporting and building capacity within the Indigenous community is done in a culturally respectful and sensitive manner.