Today I acknowledge National Indigenous Peoples Day by recommitting to reconciliation and to implementing the Calls to Action contained in the Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada. I acknowledge that Calgary is situated on the traditional territories of the signatories of Treaty 7 including the Siksika, Kanai, and Piikani of the Blackfoot Confederacy; Tsuut’ina; and the Chiniki, Bearspaw, and Wesley Nations of the Stoney Nakoda as well as the Metis Nation of Alberta, Region 3.
In honouring Indigenous Peoples, we must recognise that the celebration of today is tainted by past and ongoing injustices, highlighted once again by the recent discovery of the bodies of 215 children at a residential school. I recognize this is not a one-off event, it was perpetrated as part of a nationwide policy of colonialism and cultural genocide–a policy which left no part of Canada untouched. This injustice is not a chapter of our past. It permeates our present and determines our future progress as a country. It continues as systemic inequalities, discrimination, and racism in Calgary and across this land.
I am committed to learning and owning up to the truth about our shared history. I am committed to building meaningful relationships and to reconciliation. As Mayor, I will commit to implementing the calls to action outlined in the White Goose Flying Report. I will invest in and build meaningful relationships with Indigenous leaders.