Moh-kins-tsis. Guts-ists’i. Wîchispa Oyade. Otos-kwunee. Calgary. This place is home to more than a million people, including more than 41,645 Indigenous people, as well as a neighbour to other First Nations in the region.
It is in the spirit of celebration and ceremony that The City of Calgary moves forward towards Truth and Reconciliation. Through the Indigenous Relations Office, The City is committed to working with the community to educate Calgarians about the history of Indigenous people here and building strong relationships and partnerships with Indigenous communities.
The City of Calgary is creating a permanent memorial in honour of all the Indian Residential School Survivors (IRS) and the thousands of children who never returned home. This monument will honour survivors and lost children by providing a place for people to gather, pay respects, and ensure that the history and legacy of the schools are never forgotten. The City of Calgary’s Indigenous Relations Office, in relationship with the IRS Elders Advisory Group, IRS working group, and local Indigenous community, is co-creating a memorial site through dialogue guided by the seven sacred teachings and by community discussions. The relationship with the Indigenous community will guide construction of the IRS memorial through an Indigenous lens.
The creation of this memorial aligns with Call to Action #82 in The White Goose Flying Report, “Establish monument.” The report was presented in 2016 by the Calgary Aboriginal Urban Advisory Committee, an advisory committee to Calgary City Council.
At this time, this engagement process is focused on
gathering input from Indigenous community members and Indigenous-serving
community agencies and organizations.
The relationship with the Indigenous community will guide construction of the IRS memorial through an Indigenous lens. Because of this, we want to ensure that the engagement process is inclusive and collaborative.
Please respond to the questions below to help us understand the best way that the engagement process can go forward.If you would rather speak to the project leads, Harold Horsefall and Sherri Kellock, please contact us
to speak to them.
Following the first phase of engagement, Relationship Building and Research, we plan to launch broader engagement with Indigenous community members in Fall 2022. If you would like to be invited to future engagement opportunities, please subscribe to the email list.