On September 30 the Edmonton Humane Society will be closed in observance of National Day for Truth and Reconciliation. This federal statutory holiday was created in response to Call to Action 80, honouring the Survivors, their families, communities, and those affected by residential schools. We acknowledge that systemic discrimination and trauma are continually present in the lives of Indigenous Peoples.

As an organization, we have been reflecting and learning about the important history and path forward for truth and reconciliation in Canada, and we encourage our supporters to do the same with the below resources:

  1. Truth and Reconciliation Commission of Canada: Calls to Action
  2. Calls to Action Accountability: A 2021 Status Update on Reconciliation by the Yellowhead Institute
  3. Beyond 94 by CBC – a website that monitors the progress on the Truth and Reconciliation Commissions’ 94 Calls to Action
  4. Indigenous Canada – a 12-lesson Massive Open Online Course (MOOC) offered by the Faculty of Native Studies at the University of Alberta
  5. Aboriginal Worldviews and Education – online course offered by the University of Toronto
  6. Read for Reconciliation Book List by Raven Reads

Local organizations to consider volunteering or supporting:

Land Acknowledgement 

The Edmonton Humane Society respectfully honours that we are situated upon Treaty 6 territory and the traditional Lands of many diverse groups of Indigenous peoples such as the nêhiyaw (Nay-hee-yow) / Cree, Dené (Deh-neyh), Anishinaabe (Ah-nish-in-ah-bay) / Saulteaux (So-toe), Niitsitapi (Nit-si-tahp-ee) / Blackfoot, Nakota Isga (Na-koh-tah ee-ska) / Nakota Sioux (Na-koh-tah sue), Métis’ (May-tee) and Inuit (I-nuit) ancestors and families.

It is with gratitude that we honour and respect this territory on which we live, work and support community, and the Peoples who for millennia have passed on their history, languages, ceremonies and culture from one generation to the next. As an animal welfare organization, we are particularly inspired by Indigenous environmental stewardship and the spiritual significance of human-animal relationships within Indigenous cultures.