National Day of Truth and Reconciliation
The Alberta Party is recognizing the inaugural National Day for Truth and Reconciliation September 30, 2021 with this commitment statement.
"First and foremost, we honour and appreciate the Indigenous and their families who were a part of the Indian Residential Schools. It was a shameful part of Canada’s history that is hidden. We understand that many families, and their future generations were affected by something so horrific. Thank you for keeping this fight alive. We acknowledge the survivors, and their families. Many have taken up the orange shirt movement, and we will too. The Indigenous are the founding people. We also recognize the children who were hurt by the IRS. The children alive today whose parents, grandparents were in Indian Residential Schools." - Holly Standingready-(waywayseecappo), Shadow Cabinet Minister of Indigenous Relations
The Alberta Party comprises and aims to serve Albertans of all backgrounds, cultures, and lived experiences. Our goal as a political party is to form government to shape and create legislation, policy, programs and processes that are inclusive of every person who lives on this land together.
We acknowledge that the lands we reside on today are the traditional homelands of Treaty 6, Treaty 7 and Treaty 8, the Metis Nation, the eight Metis Settlements and the home fires of the many diverse First Nations, Métis, Non-Status, and Inuit people who have called these lands home for generations. We also acknowledge all Indigenous, Metis, Non-Status, people who reside on these lands. We also acknowledge that there are many peoples from other treaties that live in Treaty lands. We acknowledge you.
As the Alberta Party, we commit to honouring the 94 Calls to Action released in 2015 by the Truth and Reconciliation Commission and taking clear action as an organization, and as a future government, to:
- build relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities to develop policy options,
- provide education and awareness training to our leadership, volunteers, and candidates to better understand the truth of oppression and to address systemic racism, and
- ensure we create employment, board and other opportunities for Indigenous people to participate in the future of our party and our province.
The journey to full Truth and Reconciliation may be a long one and we are committed to following an intentional path as we learn, grow, listen, and find ways to take action.