The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is on Thursday (Sept.30).
The day seeks to honour survivors of residential schools, their families and communities, is a federal statutory holiday, although it is not recognized as one in Alberta. The City of Fort Saskatchewan, however, will be honouring the day.
“Truth and reconciliation is something the City of Fort Saskatchewan wants to move forward as much as we possibly can,” said Diane Yanch, culture and recreation director. “We know our colonial history, we know the way we need to move forward, and we want to do that in partnership with our Indigenous communities, and this is one step in that long process.”
On Thursday, there will be a Moment of Refection at City Hall between 2 p.m. and 3 p.m. A proclamation will be made, followed by Indigenous community members who will share their stories.
The city will be supporting a virtual event hosted by the Fort Saskatchewan Multicultural Association in the evening.
City Hall, the Fort Heritage Precinct, Shell Theatre and the James E Graham building will be closed for the day. Harbour pool will be open for swim lessons only.
The Dow Centennial Centre, Taurus Field and the arenas will be open their regular hours, booking and rentals will continue as scheduled, and transit will also run as usual.
Court proceedings will also continue as scheduled.
The city will also be offering staff training by researcher and consultant Miranda Jimmy, an Indigenous woman who will teach staff about residential schools and intergenerational trauma. The training will be available on Tuesday (Sept.28) and Wednesday.