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St Albert Public Library's Commitment to Reconciliation

Cultivating Reconciliation

St. Albert Public Library sits on Treaty 6 territory, traditional lands of First Nations and Métis peoples, near the sites of the Youville and Poundmaker residential schools. We acknowledge our role as a colonial institution and our responsibility to act on the Truth and Reconciliation Commission’s Calls to Action.


National Day for Truth and Reconciliation

We encourage everyone to continue to acknowledge the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on September 30 by learning the history of residential schools, and honouring those who suffered and those who survived. Some ideas on how to do so include:

  1. Read up on residential schools. The Library's Orange Shirt Day booklist is a good starting point 

  2. Visit the St. Albert Healing Garden / Kâkesimokamik, located right across the river from the Downtown Library (Google Maps).

  3. Take the Payhonin Pledge of Reconciliation.

  4. Take the U of A's Indigenous Canada online course.

  5. Wear orange! The National Day for Truth and Reconciliation is also Orange Shirt Day.

  6. Take part in virtual programming at the National Centre for Truth and Reconciliation

  7. Learn about commemorating the National Day for Truth and Reconciliation on the Government of Canada website.

  8. Join the City of St Albert, Library staff and your community in observing the day at Mission Park.

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